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61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest— Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Bad Samaritan

A cad took advantage of an elderly woman’s faith in humanity, robbing her as she walked home from the supermarket with hands full of groceries on Dec. 28.

The guy walked up to the 84-year-old woman near the corner of Avenue V around 5:15 pm and asked her if she needed help bringing home her bags, but then he grabbed her purse and pushed her over, according to police.

The woman scraped her nose and hand and the guy got away with her purse with cash and credit cards in it, officials stated.

Brotherly love

Police arrested a man who they say strong-armed two teens in two separate robberies on E. 16th Street on Jan. 2.

The suspect first robbed a 13-year-old girl near the corner of Avenue R around 11 am while she was walking her dog, cops said. He allegedly told the girl he had a gun on him and asked if she “wanted to do this the hard way,” and demanded money and her phone. The girl coughed up $300 and the suspect walked away with his loot, according to police.

He pulled the same scheme on a 13-year-old boy on his way home from the laundromat about a half an hour later at the same intersection, threatening to shoot him if he did not hand over his cellphone, police said. The boy complied, but ran home and told his brother, who got the phone back. They later called police.

While you were away

A burglar stole a ring and a phone out of a woman’s apartment while she was visiting a friend down the hall in her Homecrest Avenue apartment building on Dec. 29, police said.

The woman went next door around 6 pm and was out of her apartment near the corner of Voorhies Avenue for about 40 minutes when the thief struck, police stated.

When she came back she saw the window leading to the fire escape was open and a gold ring and a wireless phone were missing, police said.

— Dennis Lynch

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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