It must be the Great Depression — but this time, people aren’t selling apples on the street, they’re stealing them from people’s homes!
Here’s a roundup of the quartet of laptops thefts last week:
• Two men snatched two Apples from the Mac Support Store on Seventh Street on March 2. Cops say that the two thieves entered the store, which is between Second and Third avenues, posing as customers, at around 1:05 pm. With the clerk distracted, they grabbed the two computers — worth $3,898 — and ran. The whole crime was caught on video.
It’s particularly saddening, given that the store just donated a new Apple desktop to PS 107 for its annual charity auction.
• A crook stole a laptop from a Fourth Avenue apartment on March 31. The victim had left his apartment, which is between Union and Sackett streets, at around 8:15 am, but when he returned about 10 hours later, he discovered that his Mac was gone.
• A few hours later, a woman’s laptop was stolen from her Eighth Street apartment. She told cops that she’d left her place, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, at around 1 pm. When she came back five hours later, she noticed her stuff was gone.
Two more computers — but not Apples this time — were swiped from a President Street apartment on March 31.
The victim told cops that she had left her place, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, at noon and returned 12 hours later to find her front door open and the Dell and Fujitsu computers, plus $30, gone.
At least five cars were stolen last week:
• A quick crook stole a 1989 Toyota Corolla from its Sackett Street parking spot on March 31. The victim had left her car unlocked with the keys in the ignition while she went into an auto parts store between Third and Fourth avenues. A witness said he saw a man drive away in her car at around 2 pm, while she was in the shop.
• A 1997 Honda Civic was taken from its parking spot on Prospect Place and Sixth Avenue on March 30. The victim had left her car at 6 pm and returned to find it gone about 18 hours later.
• A bandit stole a 2008 Toyota Yaris from 10th Street overnight on March 31. The victim parked her car and went to her house, on the corner of Third Avenue. When she checked the next morning at 8 am, the car was gone.
• A 2001 Subaru Outback was stolen from a spot on Fourth Avenue, between Sackett and Degraw streets, sometime after 7:30 pm on March 31 — a crime that was discovered about two days later.
• A thief took a 1999 Ford Ranger from Prospect Place between Fifth and Sixth avenues on March 28. The victim told cops that he had left it there at 9 pm and came back 90 minutes later to find it gone.
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