Three men followed their victim from his Sixth Avenue home on Aug. 14 and eventually pulled a gun and mugged him for cash, cards and fancy electronics.
The victim told cops that he had left his home, which is at 10th Street, at around 4:50 am to head to work when the three men showed up out of nowhere and one pulled out a gun.
“Give me your wallet,” the gunman suggested.
When the victim complied, the other two men rifled his bag, stealing an iPod, a Blackberry, credit and debit cards, clothes and a spiral notebook valued at $2.
The victim still had to go to work.
A Boar’s Head driver was robbed of $12,002 in a brazen attack by a gunman and two accomplices on Bergen Street on Aug. 14.
The man was making a delivery on the great block between Flatbush and Fifth avenues at around noon when the gunman approached and said (ironically, given that the trucker was delivering sandwich meats), “Don’t be a hero — give me the money.”
The driver handed over the $2 in his pocket, but the thief wanted more, ordering the trucker to open the safe.
That’s where the real money was — $12,000 that the thief took before hopping into a gray Honda driven by an accomplice.
A man shopping for a bike at a shop on Fifth Avenue left a camera on a counter that was promptly stolen on Aug. 12.
The victim said he was inside R&A Cycles between Park and Sterling places at around 10 pm when he put the camera down to look at a bike.
According to a viewing of the surveillance tape, another man entered the store, told the clerk, “I’m just looking,” took the camera and left.
Just looking, indeed.
A man having a stoop sale in front of his Bergen Street building on Aug. 15 had his fancy camera stolen.
The victim told police that he had left his personal goods near a variety of used items that he was trying to unload on the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 11 am.
When he turned around, his $1,000 camera and $250 lens were gone.
Five men beat up two other men in an attempted theft of a cellphone aboard a Coney Island-bound F train on Aug. 13.
The victims told cops that they were at the Fourth Avenue station at around 10:45 pm when the gang descended upon them, demanding a cellphone and cash. After rifling the men’s bags, they left without taking anything.
But they did slug the two victims for good measure.
A yellow cabbie who picked up a woman along the Gowanus Canal on Aug. 15 ended up getting mugged by her male accomplice when he delivered her to her destination.
The robbery started at around 5:45 am near Butler Street when the woman hailed the driver and instructed him to take her to a house between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
Once there, a burly man came outside, pulled a black handgun and robbed the driver of $35. Meanwhile, the passenger took $100, an iPhone and a navigation system from the car.
A grifter scammed a 36-year-old woman out of $2,500 on Aug. 12 in the old “switch the bag” scam.
According to cops, the thief approached the woman near the Chase Bank on Fifth Avenue near Ninth Street and said that she had just found a handbag containing $7,000.
The victim’s red flags should’ve started going up the mast when the thief offered to split the money. And said flag should have been flying full staff when the thief said that in order to trust the victim, the victim needed to withdraw $2,500 from her account.
The duo then exchanged bags as a show of trust, but the thief ran off with the victim’s cash.
Cops are hunting for a 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hispanic man, roughly age 35.
And, of course, it would not be Park Slope without a spate of car thefts and break-ins. Here’s last week’s damage:
• A man who parked his car on Ninth Street near Fifth Avenue at around 3:50 am on Aug. 15 returned just minutes later to find that it had been stolen. He later told cops that he had left the keys in the ignition of the Nissan Altima as he got coffee at a deli.
• Another man lost his car when he left it running at the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street on Aug. 15 at around 6:30 am. This time, the vehicle was a 2007 Chevy Equanox valued at $31,000.
Cops did chase the thieves as they fled on Third Avenue and onto the Prospect Expressway, but lost sight of the speeding van after it raced through numerous red lights.
• A thief swiped a Hyundai off 10th Street between Second and Third avenues sometime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 when the owner returned to the vehicle.
• The stretch of Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo was once again a thieves’ playground as a Dodge Durango, with thousands of dollars in photographic equipment, was stolen on Aug. 15 at around 3 pm. The quiet stretch between Grand Army Plaza and Empire Boulevard makes regular appearances in these pages.
— Gersh Kuntzman
©2009 Community News Group
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