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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

High stakes

Some phony sweepstakes scammers conned an elderly 100th Street woman out of $60,000 between Feb. 22 and March 7, according to police.

The 72-year-old victim received multiple calls at her home between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway from people calling themselves “Mr. Kennedy,” “Mr. James,” and “Ms. Alice,” who told her she won a sweepstakes, but had to send in money to a post office box in New Jersey, according to a police report. She sent the money, but never received any prize back, police said.

Avian abuser

A lout tossed injured pigeons from his car on 68th Street on March 9, police said.

A bystander saw the man throw the birds out of his car near Ninth Avenue around 6 pm. The pigeons could not fly, collapsed on the ground, and were “in distress,” according to a police report.

Police recovered five of the eight pigeons and transported them to an animal rescue facility in Manhattan. The scoundrel could face felony charges, according to police.

Johnny Apple-thief

A carbreaker stole a trove of electronics from a man’s car parked on Fifth Avenue sometime overnight on March 7, police said.

The victim left his car near 79th Street around midnight and returned at 7 am to find his MacBook Pro, an iPad Mini, and his wallet missing — although there were no signs of forced entry, according to police.

Strike again

Tire-and-rim thieves struck a man’s car parked on 10th Avenue sometime overnight on March 6, police said.

The victim parked the Honda — a frequent target of wheel thieves, according to police — between 85th and 86th streets around 10 pm, and returned at 7 am the next day. Two tire and rims were missing from the passenger-side of the vehicle.

Wheely bad

Rim robbers stole all of the wheels from a woman’s car parked on Battery Avenue sometime between March 7 and 10, according to a police report.

The victim left her ride near Fort Hill Place around 7:30 pm on March 7 and returned three days later around noon to find her car sitting on bricks.

— Dennis Lynch

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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