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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Missed shot

A gun-toting lout tried to steal a guy’s phone while he was shooting hoops on Jay Street on Feb. 29.

The victim said he was playing basketball near Tillary Street at 5:30 pm when a villain came up to him and flashed a gun, hissing, “I’m not going to kill you but I will shoot you in the leg.”

The jerk demanded the guy hand over his phone, but when the victim gave in, the criminal decided he didn’t like what he had to offer and fled, according to a report.

Slice and dice

A gaggle of goons lifted a couple’s phones on Flatbush Avenue on March 1.

The pair were near Livingston Street at 4:40 pm when five knaves approached them and asked for the time. When the pair said they couldn’t be of assistance, one of the nogoodniks told them to run their pockets.

Police said they both took out their phones and one of the baddies demanded they reset them. When they didn’t do it fast enough, one of the scoundrels threatened to “slice him up,” before taking the phones and fleeing.

Sticky fingers

Some sneak stole a guy’s wallet on a crowded train on Fulton Street on March 2.

The victim told police he entered the station near Utica Avenue at 1:15 pm, where he purchased a MetroCard with his credit card. He said he put his wallet in his jacket pocket and boarded a packed Downtown-bound train, and before he got off he remembered being bumped by a stranger. When he got off at Jay Street, he realized his wallet had been taken.

— Lauren Gill

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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