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Getting your car broken into is bad. Getting $23,000 worth of jewelry taken out of your car — which happened to a woman on Nov. 21 — is much, much worse.

The 68-year-old jewelry enthusiast parked her Toyota Rav4 on Sterling Place between Fifth and Sixth avenues at around 8 am. But when she came back to it just three hours later, her heart sank as she realized her window had been smashed open.

Her worst fears were confirmed minutes later, when she found that the perp had taken it all: the pair of $7,500 diamond necklaces, the $3,400 diamond earrings, the $4,000 necklace — a loss totaling $23,100, cops said.

Sat. night fever

Businesses on Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Seventh Street were terrorized by a short but vicious crime wave, as at least four businesses were hit on Saturday night, Nov. 18.

The first incident occurred at a frequently crowded restaurant on the corner of Carroll Street, when a diner took her eyes off of her possessions during her meal. She sat down at 8 pm, but when she stood up to collect her possessions, she discovered they were gone. She lost her iPhone, leather gloves, and a belt — $525 in total value.

Just blocks away, near Seventh Street, prowlers struck three businesses next to one another. A restaurant that closed for the night at 11 pm had its back window broken by an unknown vandal, but fared better than the next-door neighbor, a nail salon, whose employees forgot to close the rear window. Sometime during the night, a thief crawled in through the unsecured window and took $950 out of the register.

The final business was broken into around 5 am. The perp, a 6-foot man in a black sweatshirt, didn’t bother to be subtle — he just crashed through the back door of the restaurant. The alarms went off, but the man somehow broke the safe open and took $4,000 before going out the same way he came in.

Bad girls

A pair of gun-toting women made strides towards gender equality on Nov. 24, proving that mugging is not a strictly male activity.

The victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking home on Warren Street at midnight, but when he got to the corner of Third Avenue, the women pounced. One of the perps pulled a gun while the other calmly took $20 and a cellphone out of the man’s hands.

The pair then fled down Warren Street.

Laptop loss

A woman lost both her laptops on Nov. 23, when a burglar broke into her Fifth Avenue apartment through the patio window.

The 35-year-old victim wasn’t gone from her apartment long, leaving at 3:30 pm and coming back 45 minutes later, but in the time it took to go out for a cup of coffee, the perp had opened the window, taken her Apple laptop and her IBM model — along with a backpack to carry them both in — and gotten away.

Senseless act

Some people break into restaurants to empty the cash register, but the more offbeat prefer to just throw the register to the floor.

Such was the case early in the morning of Nov. 21, as a perp broke into a restaurant on Fifth Avenue near Fifth Street. He cut the front lock open around 5:30 am, cops said, and proceeded to angrily push the cash register off the counter and run off, forgetting to take anything with him when he left.

He has a lot to learn about being a burglar, apparently.

Coin collector

A man stole some small change from the basement of a Seventh Avenue business the night of Nov. 20 — the problem is, that small change amounted to more than $1,000.

The business, near 12th Street, closed for the night around 8 pm. When the owner opened again at 9 am, she noticed that the side basement door had been broken into. After taking an inventory, she realized that assorted rolls of coins, totaling $1,200, had been stolen.

Minivan gone

A family’s minivan, complete with a bike rack and two booster seats, was stolen from Eighth Avenue after they left it parked in the same spot for five days.

The husband told cops that the silver 2005 Honda Odyssey had been left near President Street at 11 am on Nov. 15, but the car was gone when he came back on Nov. 20.

Along with the car seats, there were many DVDs and CDs in the car — everything a crook needs for a long car ride.

Ransacked

Perhaps this perp likes to play dress-up?

A burglar broke into a woman’s third-story apartment on Nov. 20, and took not only her computer accessories, but some of her shirts as well.

The woman had left for work at 9 am, and when she got back to her building on Eighth Avenue near Union Street, she saw that her bathroom window had been opened and, more importantly, her laptop was gone.

The crook also took her external hard drive and CD burner, as well as 10 shirts out of her closet.

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