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Gun nut

A gunman pulled his cargo van alongside a driver who had parked on Third Avenue and pointed the 9 mm pistol in the man’s face — but the would-be robber didn’t get anything because the terrified driver hit the gas and drove off.

Cops said that the gunman surprised the driver at 14th Street at around 4 pm on Aug. 26, pulled out the black gun, and said, “Don’t do anything stupid.”

But the driver didn’t listen — hitting the gas and speeding out of there before a more serious crime could be committed.

Cops canvassed the area, but have virtually no physical description to go on.

Unsweet crime

A thief grabbed a woman’s pocketbook while she enjoyed a treat at a Seventh Avenue bakery on Aug. 28.

Cops said that the 69-year-old victim, a New Jersey resident, did not notice when the thief grabbed her purse at around 12:15 pm.

Inside the bag was $150 and various cards.

Cops have a good description of the perp, thanks to a surveillance camera at the restaurant, which is between First and Second streets. Police are hunting a 5-foot-6, 200-pound woman with long straight hair.

Third railed

“Don’t sleep in the subway, darling” is always good advice — as a 29-year-old man found out on Aug. 23.

The man told cops that he boarded a Coney Island-bound N train at Pacific Street at around 1 am and promptly fell asleep. When he woke up just two stations later, he discovered that his cellphone and wallet, which contained a $90 Metrocard, $20 and various cards, had been taken.

The victim added that there was no way that the wallet “could have fallen out of his pockets accidentally.”

Nice burgs

Two apartments in a Garfield Place building were broken into back-to-back on Aug. 28, an indication that the same thief was at work.

The thief came in through the cellar of the building, which is between Polhemus and Fiske places, at around 7:30 pm, cops said. Just 15 minutes later, a 31-year-old tenant of the building said he noticed that his fancy off-road bicycle was missing.

Minutes later, the thief was on the job in an upstairs apartment, taking a laptop and an iPod from a first-floor unit at around 8 pm, according to police records.

In an unrelated theft earlier on the same day, a Sterling Place man lost Xbox and Playstation systems, plus a laptop, when a burglar broke into his apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues between 7:30 am and 2 pm, when the tenant returned.


Two perps grabbed a Bergen Street woman’s wallet as she walked out of her apartment building on Aug. 28.

The woman, who lives between Third and Fourth avenues, had her wallet in her hand at around 6:30 am, when the perps ran up to her, grabbed it, and raced away down Fourth Avenue.

— Gersh Kuntzman

Reader Feedback

Rita from Park Slope says:
After reading all this news I'm considering going back to Queens. I think the NYPD should consider keeping some of their policeman walking around this area, as the events happened inside less than 2 miles. Something must be done!
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:16 pm

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