Two farmhands were robbed when their Chevy van was broken into while they worked the farmers market in Grand Army Plaza on July 21.
Cops say the two women — a 63-year-old from Connecticut and a 30-year-old from Williamsburg — were selling produce at around 2 pm while a thief was around the corner breaking into the van.
The thug got away with a backpack, various credit and ID cards, $20, and $100 in library books, cops said.
A thief smashed through a woman’s car window and stole a very expensive cellphone while she shopped at a nearby drugstore on July 21.
The victim had parked the BMW X5 in the parking lot of the chain druggist, which is on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 11 am, but returned less than an hour later to find the back window broken and the $500 cellphone gone.
The Sixth Street woman also lost a monthly Metrocard.
Two men were mugged by two thieves on Eighth Avenue in the heart of the Slope at around 7 pm on July 21.
The stunning twilight mugging occurred between Garfield Place and Carroll Street where the two men were walking home from the subway.
One of the thugs approached and asked, “Do you live around here?” When one of the men answered affirmatively, the thieves got between the victims and rifled their pockets.
One man lost a Verizon Chocolate cellphone and $12, while the other man had nothing on him.
To add insult to thievery, the thugs slapped their victims about the head, though no injuries were reported.
An office worker at a Degraw Street construction company was arrested after she stole computer software valued at $30,000 from one of the firm’s computers, cops said.
The company, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, figured out the crime on July 20, and it didn’t take cops long to finger the employee, 44, who was arrested later that day.
She had also taken bank routing information, cops said, but had not used it — yet.
A church whose congregation is comprised mostly of ex-cons was robbed in the early morning of July 18, cops said.
The Church of Gethsemane, which is on Eighth Avenue between 10th and 11th streets, was broken into shortly after 3 am, prompting cops to speed over.
When they arrived, they saw a perp inside the church, and followed him outside, where they later found him, curled up in “a fetal position” in a neighboring yard.
The 48-year-old had $47 on him, cops said.
A man who allowed his friend to stay in his 12th Street apartment while he was away on vacation returned to find his TV — and the “friend” — were gone.
The unhappy homecoming was on July 29, when the returning 25-year-old discovered the theft in his apartment, which is near Fifth Avenue.
The thief also got away with a cable box and hundreds of dollars in CDs and DVDs.
At least three cars were stolen last week off Park Slope streets. Here’s a roundup:
• A man who parked his 1987 Alfa Romeo sportscar on Plaza Street West between Lincoln and Berkeley places returned on July 15 to find it missing.
• A brand new Volvo — valued at $45,000 — was stolen from its parking space on Plaza Street West near Flatbush Avenue, on July 17, cops said. The man had parked the car in that location at around 2 pm, but when he returned four hours later, it was gone.
• A Toyota Camry was stolen from its spot on Eighth Avenue at 13th Street sometime between July 15 and July 19, the victim told cops. The 61-year-old owner of the 2002 car lives a block away.
In other car-related crimes, at least four other cars were broken into during the week:
• A man had a $4,000 mountain bike stolen from the back of his pickup truck, which had been parked on Prospect Park West, near Seventh street, at around 4 pm on July 15.
• A radio, satellite navigation system, and Playstation game were stolen out of a car that had been parked on 11th Street on July 18. The 22-year-old victim discovered the crime when he returned to the car, which had been parked between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 1:30 pm.
• An Apple laptop was stolen out of a Jeep that had been parked on Seventh Street on July 19 while its owner went inside New York Methodist Hospital for a work shift. The computer was valued at $1,400.
• A navigation system and a cellphone were taken from a truck while its driver made a delivery on Dean Street on July 19. The truck had been parked between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 12:30 pm.
A woman who left her Fourth Avenue apartment for just an hour on July 19 returned to find that a thief had broken down the door and stolen thousands of dollars in jewelry.
Cops say the woman, who lives between Seventh and Eighth streets, lost $5,500 in jewelry, a digital camera and $100 out of a piggy bank.
A woman who was talking on a cellphone as she walked on Eighth Avenue on July 17 had the mobile device taken right out of her hand by a thief on a bicycle, cops said.
The woman was nearing the corner of Seventh Street just after noon when the thief-on-bike swooped in and grabbed the Sidekick phone, valued at $480.
An employee of a popular Seventh Avenue bookstore had her credit card stolen out of her wallet — and only learned about the July 12 heist when her credit card company called her a week later to ask her about some suspicious charges.
The card had been left in a private office in the store, cops said.
By the time the St. Johns Place woman cancelled the card, the thief had run up $475 in purchases.
She had also lost $8 in the heist.
A thief stole a teenager’s cellphone by using the old “What time is it?” ploy on July 17.
The teen had been walking on Union Street between Third and Fourth avenues at around 3:15 pm when the thief approached and asked her for the time.
When she pulled out her cellphone to check, the thief grabbed it from her and said, “I need to make a call.”
He started walking away, but the 15-year-old chased after him, prompting the thief to threaten the boy.
“Get out of here before I snuff you,” said the thief, whom cops described as a 5-foot-8, 130-pound black man.
A Sackett Street apartment was robbed of a video iPod and hundreds of dollars in video games on July 16.
The victim told cops that the apartment, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, was empty between noon and 5:30 pm, more than enough time for a thief to break in through the front door and remove the items, cops said.
A waiter really hurt his chances for a good tip after a customer at his 15th Street restaurant had his bag stolen off his chair while he used the bathroom on July 13.
The man specifically asked the waiter to “look out” for the bag when he went to use the facilities at around 10 pm. But the waiter didn’t do the job.
When the 32-year-old man returned, he discovered that the bag, which contained a cellphone and $200, was gone from the restaurant, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
A man was robbed at gunpoint in the dark hallway of his 10th Street building on July 18.
Cops say two thieves rushed over to the man at around 10 pm as he was exiting the building, which is between Second Avenue and the Gowanus Canal. One of the men flashed a gun and said, “Give me your money” before relieving the victim of $500.
The man said he could not give cops a good description of his assailants because the hallway was dark.
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