Gunman takes straphanger’s cellphone, purse at DeKalb stop

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Rude awakening

A gunman stole a woman’s cellphone and purse onboard a D train on Feb. 2, according to police.

The victim said she was asleep on a Brooklyn-bound train at 5:05 am when a man removed her phone from her pocket at the DeKalb Avenue station.

She woke up and the goon asked if she had any money, according to a police report. She said no, and the bandit flashed the piece, took her purse, and took off, the report says. The bag contained a debit card, credit card, and $500 in cash, cops said.

Business is picking up

Someone stole a cabbie’s bag while he used the bathroom at a Flatbush Avenue gas station on Feb. 2, according to the authorities.

The hack told cops he parked his yellow cab in the parking lot of the gas station, between Johnson and Gold streets, at 11:15 pm. He went inside to use the bathroom and left the car unlocked, police said.

When he got back, the bag — which contained his credit card, license, and $30 in cash, was gone — a report says.

Salt of the jerks

Police arrested one man and are looking for a second who they say stole eight bags of salt from a Washington Street parking garage on Jan. 24.

A witness said he saw the two suspects enter the garage between Water and Front streets at 1:30 pm and remove the ice-melting material.

Cops arrested one of the suspects on Feb. 4, officials said.

Cable cart

Someone swiped an electronic tablet from a cable installer’s parked work truck on Pacific Street on Feb. 4, cops said.

The worker said he was installing television service in a building between Smith Street and Boerum Place at 3:15 pm, and his truck was parked out front with the doors unlocked. He finished his work 45 minutes later, and returned to the truck to find the device gone, according to the NYPD.

Grocer burgled

Someone broke into a Pearl Street convenience store overnight on Feb. 5 — and stole $12,000 in cash, cops said.

A worker told police he locked up the store between Willoughby and Fulton streets at 8 pm. He returned 12 hours later to find that someone had broken the padlock on the front gate, and pulled open the glass door, according to a police report.

The burglar then removed the cash from a locked case and took off, cops said.

Bike heist

Someone stole a man’s bike from inside a Pierrepont Street apartment building on Feb. 4, a report says.

The cyclist said he left the bike in front of his door in the third floor hallway of the building, between Henry Street and Monroe Place, at 9 pm. It was gone at 7 am the next day, officers said.

Courthouse criminal

A sneak snatched a woman’s cellphone and debit card while she talked to a court representative inside the courthouse on Adams Street on Feb. 3, police said.

The victim said she left the items on a counter in the courtroom between Joralemon and Johnson streets at 2 pm, while she talked to a court representative. When she returned to the counter, her items were gone, law enforcement officials said.

The bicycling thief

A cycling scoundrel stole a woman’s cellphone from her hand at the corner of Warren and Smith streets on Feb. 6, authorities said.

The victim said she was holding the phone in her hand at 6:45 pm when the punk pedaled over, grabbed the device, and rode off.

Take the tip

Two crooks stole a Livingston Street restaurant patron’s purse on Feb. 7 — and fought her when she tried to stop them, according to cops.

The victim said she was eating in the restaurant between Smith and Hoyt streets at 12:30 am when a surly character sauntered over and took her bag, which was on the floor near her feet.

The thief and another woman then tried to leave the restaurant, but the victim confronted them, according to officers.

The terrible twosome fought back, punching her in the face, and took off down Livingston towards Bond Street, a report says.

Clean getaway

A cleaning lady stole a Rolex watch from a Monroe Place apartment on Feb. 6, according to cops.

The victim said the cleaner was working in her apartment between Pierrepont and Clark streets from 8 until 10 pm while she sat in the living room. After the worker left, the woman noticed that the jewelry box in her bedroom had been opened and that the watch was gone, police said.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Stevie from Nj says:
Maybe we should protest and say white cops targeted us because we are black... Please... U snatched a women's purse u should be put in the hospital for that and then locked up, dum* nigg*, u will probably use her credit cards and that's how the nypd will get u, hahahaha, lmfao
March 24, 2015, 2:11 pm

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