Call it the fruit brute brouhaha.
Two fiber-conscious twentysomethings were arrested on May 31 and accused of brutally beating two men who intervened when they stole a pair of fruit cups from a Lawrence Street grocery, police said.
The pair wandered into the store, near the corner of Willoughby Street, just before 2 pm. When they tried to pocket the pre-cut fructose — priced at $3 each — a 43-year-old man saw and alerted the owner.
The merchant stepped up and asked the men to replace the fruit. But the health nuts declined and pounced, with one man putting the owner in a chokehold and the other punching him in the gut. When the witness ran to help, the brutes turned their anger on him and punched him in the face.
Luckily, Police Officer Marc Grabowski came upon the scene and arrested the two thugs, ages 24 and 25, on robbery charges.
A trio of gun-toting robbers stormed the workers at a Flatbush Avenue electronics store at closing time on May 27 and escaped with personal items and merchandise, police said.
The three thugs rushed the chain store, at the corner of Fourth Avenue, just after 5 pm, when the two workers were closing up shop. One robber, with a black handgun drawn, forced the 20-year-old woman working there to open the back door, which led to the office. He forced her co-worker, a 21-year-old man, to turn off the security camera.
The robbers then ordered the two into the office and, with guns pointed at their backs, ordered them to lie on the floor. The accomplices swiped the victims’ keys, iPods and cellphones, then picked what they wanted from the store’s merchandise. A detailed list of the stolen items was not available.
There’s being a friendly neighbor, then there is being a thief.
Rarely do both conditions exist in the same person. But on June 2, a 59-year-old man who lives in a Duffield Street building was robbed by one of his fellow residents, police said.
The man arrived at his home, near the corner of Willoughby Street, shortly after 9 pm. His neighbor entered at the same time and followed him into his apartment. The returning man thought nothing of the visitor, since they were friendly from meeting in the building.
So the soon-to-be victim didn’t react when the visitor started riffling through his pockets — even though he was still wearing the pants. Actually, the resident thought it was a joke. The interloper didn’t use any violence or threats, but he did help himself to $105 and two house keys.
Police have the name and other details about the 56-year-old suspect and are now investigating.
Could a “hello” have saved her?
A woman was robbed of nearly $3,000 in jewels and electronics by a knife-wielding thug who claimed he only wanted to talk to her, police said.
The 27-year-old victim was attacked as she waited for a Manhattan-bound 2 train at the Hoyt Street station, near Fulton Street, around 9:30 pm on June 1. A man in his 20s came over and asked, “Can I talk to you?”
When she refused, the stranger pulled a knife and changed his tune, just grabbing her bag and jewelry and bolted.
Someone swiped the purse of a woman working at a coffee franchise on Smith Street on June 1, police said.
The 24-year-old left her $300 LeSportsac bag on the counter while she was helping customers shortly after 2 pm at the national chain, at the corner of Wyckoff Street. But when she reached for the bag just five minutes later, it was gone. Security video will most likely help police track down who removed the item.
Note to drivers: Crime may be down, but that’s no reason to give thieves easy pickings.
That lesson became clear last week to two separate victims when both left valuables in unlocked cars and — shockingly — the items were stolen, according to police.
On May 27, a 40-year-old man parked his car near the Metrotech complex on Willoughby Street, at the corner of Duffield Street, at around 11 pm. Even though he said he left $1,200 in cash inside the car, along with his cellphone, the victim neglected to lock the car — or even close the passenger-side window.
When he returned to the vehicle an hour later, both the cash and the phone were gone.
Two days later, a victim left his vehicle at the corner of Montague and Hicks streets for fewer than five minutes, but his wallet still disappeared.
The 70-year-old parked at 5:20 pm and went to the corner to purchase a newspaper. He also left the car unlocked, the window open — and his wallet in plain view on the front seat. When he returned, the wallet was gone.
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