A thief’s curiosity was Kindled

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Kindle captured!

In what might be the first robbery of its kind, three muggers robbed a woman and stole her Kindle — a digital book-reading device — on Sept. 10.

The perps confronted the victim near the corner of Lafayette Avenue and S. Oxford Street at around 10:45 pm and pulled out a knife.

They got away with her iPhone, credit cards, ID, and the Kindle, which is making its first appearance in our police blotter ever.

Cane pain

For the second week in a row, crooks wielded a cane in a shocking mugging on Clermont Avenue on Sept. 7.

The perps confronted the victim between Lafayette and DeKalb avenues at around 1:48 am at initially asked him for the time.

“You got the time?” one of the crooks asked before demanding the 29-year-old’s belongings. “Run your pockets — give me what you got.”

When the victim didn’t fork over his goods, the perps increased their threats.

“Do you want me to beat you with this cane?” a crook asked.

The victim handed over his black leather wallet, credit cards, IDs, iPod, and $38.

Target targeted

A robber set his sights on Target on Atlantic Avenue, but a brave employee at the big box store scared him away on Sept. 13.

The crook approached a cashier at around 5:53 pm, told the worker that he had a gun and ordered him to open the register.

But the employee said no, and the perp fled from the store, which is near Flatbush Avenue.

The attempted robbery comes just one week after a crook successfully heisted $1,300 from the shop.


Cops nabbed a 17-year-old suspected of snatching an iPhone from a pedestrian’s hand on Sept. 13.

The perp allegedly grabbed the phone on Waverly Avenue between Myrtle and Park avenues at around 12:20 pm and dashed away.

But the crook didn’t get far.

Cops locked up a perp five blocks away at the corner of Park Avenue and Steuben Street.

Robber nabbed

Police cuffed a 17-year-old suspected of sticking-up a 24-year-old for his phone on Sept. 13.

The mugger allegedly confronted the victim near the corner of DeKalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue at around 4:13 am and demanded his cash.

“Give me your money, give me your money,” the thug demanded, raising his fist and threatening to strike the victim.

The victim handed over his phone, but cops locked up a perp later that morning.

Shot foot

Cops locked up a 19-year-old suspected of shooting a 23-year-old in the foot on Sept. 11 — but the suspect might have shot himself in the same vital body part by not discarding the gun.

The alleged gunman purportedly fired multiple rounds at a crowd of people gathered on Monument Walk near Myrtle Avenue at around 8:47 pm, striking only one victim, who was treated at Brooklyn Hospital.

Police later apprehended a suspect who was carrying a handgun.

With friends like these

A Lafayette Avenue resident left a friend in his apartment when he went to work on Sept. 4 — but when he got home, the apartment had been cleaned out.

The 40-year-old victim left his pal in his home, which is between S. Portland Avenue and S. Oxford Street between 9 am and 1:30 pm.

When the victim returned, his friend was gone — and so was his Sony laptop, digital camera, Motorola Bluetooth receiver, Nike sneakers, and T-Mobile Sidekick cellphone.

Clean getaway

A crook heisted a 42-year-old woman’s bag from a Putnam Avenue Laundromat on Sept. 12.

The thief snatched the unattended purse from a laundry basket between 3:45 pm and 5:15 pm and fled from the business, which is near the corner of Fulton Street.

The bandit escaped from the shop with the victim’s wallet, which contained credit cards and IDs.

$3 folly

A mugger demanded that a 67-year-old hand over $3 on Sept. 10 — and when he didn’t, the crook punched him in the mouth.

The perp trailed the victim for nearly two blocks before demanding the cash near the corner of Lefferts and St. James places at around 5 pm.

“Give me $3,” the crook demanded.

The victim refused and the crook slugged him in the face and dashed away.

Footprint felon

A burglar heisted a Dell laptop from a Waverly Avenue apartment overnight on Sept. 8, but he left his footprint behind.

The thief got into the third-floor residence, which is between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, and left his footprint on a pillow in a bedroom with fire escape access at some time between 1:30 pm and 2:30 am the following morning.

Apple jacked!

Thieves heisted a Mac laptop and an iPod from a Waverly Place apartment on Sept. 8.

The crooks got into the apartment between 8:10 pm and 10:45 pm while the resident was out to dinner with friends.

The 39-year-old victim might have left the door of his apartment, which is between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, unlocked.

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