Brightly clad crook attacks straphanger

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Yellow fellow

A yahoo in yellow pants attacked and robbed a straphanger at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station on Feb. 20, the authorities said.

The victim said he was waiting for a Manhattan-bound Q train at 4:10 am when the brightly clad crook approached him. The goon punched him in the face, grabbed his phone, and took off, cops said.

Grate escape

A miscreant made off with some custom steel grates from a Grand Avenue parking lot on Feb. 17, according to a police report.

A worker for the lot between Greene and Lexington avenues said a security camera captured a white van entering the lot at 7:56 am.

The rapscallion then removed the steel grates, loaded them into the van and drove off, officers said. The owner said the grates cost $4,500.

Unjust dessert

A goon roughed up a man and robbed him at the corner of Washington and Lafayette avenues on Feb. 17, police said.

The victim said he was at the intersection at 3 am, on his way home from a restaurant, when the villain came up to him and demanded his money.

The guy then attacked the victim, punching and kicking him in the face and torso, and ran off with $40 in cash and his cellphone, police said. The victim walked to Brooklyn Hospital Center and staff called 911, according to the NYPD.


Some contractors stole a worker’s rebar-bending machine after he was fired from a Fulton Street construction project on Feb. 13, police said.

The spurned worker told cops he stopped working at the site between Downing Street and Irving Place at 5 pm, when his contract was terminated.

He returned on Feb. 18 at 11 am to find the new workers using his tools and the bender gone, according to a police report.

Tool crime

A burglar stole a bunch of tools from a car on Park Avenue sometime over during the night of Feb. 17, a report says.

The victim said he parked between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues at 7 pm, and returned at 10 the next morning to find his rear driver’s-side window smashed.

The bandit took a screw gun, a channel lock, some screwdrivers, and a measuring tape, law enforcement officials said.

Mean to pry

A prowler tried and failed to break into a Carlton Avenue apartment on Feb. 19, according to law enforcement officials.

The resident said she came home to her apartment between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street at noon and found pry marks on her front door. The wannabe burglar damaged the top lock, but did not get in, officers said.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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