Cops busted a 34-year-old career crook and his 26-year-old female accomplice after an alleged Bay 38th Street burglary was foiled by a renter and her security system on Nov. 25.
The victim told police she was inside her apartment between Bath and Benson avenues at 12:45 pm when her security cameras spotted the suspects prowling around her home, looking for an entrance. Not finding any open windows, the duo sulked off down the street, and the woman called 911, cops said.
Cops recognized one of the suspects from a prior burglary arrest, and stopped the pair about a block and a half away from victim’s home. Police brought the victim over and, after identifying the suspects, the older crook tried to make a run for it, but was quickly detained, cops said.
On his way to the 62nd Precinct station house, the man attempted to hide his crack pipe in the back seat of the police cruiser, according to police.
The older suspect had a rap sheet that included more than 20 felonies, including several break-ins, cops said, and his arrest marked the last burglary reported in the 62nd Precinct as of Nov. 30.
Two separate scoundrels attempted to steal cellphones from two different 12-year-old boys in two separate incidents on Nov. 24. Here’s the rundown:
• A fiend in his 20s stole a phone off of a pre-teen on 86th Street, threatening the kid with a knife.
The victim told police that he was between 21st Avenue and Bay Parkway at 7:10 am when the crook stopped him and asked to use his phone. Willing to help, the boy pulled out his iPhone 5S.
“If you don’t give me your phone, I’m gonna pull out my knife,” the crook suddenly growled, according to police.
The kid duly forked over the phone, and the thief booked it down Bay 28th Street, cops said.
• Another bully tried to rob a tween on Bath Avenue, but fled empty-handed after the little fellow started bellowing.
The victim’s teacher spoke to police on behalf of the boy, who was on his way to school between Bay 31st and Bay 32nd streets at 7:40 am when the crook, about 19, started grabbing for his phone. Fortunately, the little man was able to clutch the phone hard enough and scream loud enough that the would-be thief bailed on the attempt, cops said.
Cops busted a 19-year-old man for his part in roughing up and robbing a man on Bay 22nd Street on Nov. 19.
The victim told police that he was sitting on the stoop of a building between Benson Avenue and 86th Street at 11:40 pm when the suspect and an accomplice showed up.
“What’s up, where you from?” the suspect allegedly squawked, according to police.
The victim tried to head inside, but the suspect and his accomplice put him into a head lock and started wailing on him, cops said.
After softening him up, the suspect and his friend allegedly grabbed the victim’s wallet, which contained $300, and fled, according to police.
A gunman robbed an 86th Street sandwich shop on Nov. 18, taking cash.
The witness told police he was working the register at the eatery between Bay 20th Street and 19th Avenue at 9:54 am, when the pistol-wielding perp barged in with a black mask over his face.
“Open the register,” the gunman shouted.
The guy behind the counter then stuffed the register’s contents into a bag, and the crook fled with $220 in loot, cops said.
— Colin Mixson