Cops snuff out pre-teen crime wave

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Kid and prey

What’s the matter with kids today?

Three pint-sized perps — aged 10, 11, and 13 — mugged at least four women in Fort Greene Park in a two-day crime spree before cops locked them up on Sept. 14. Here are the shocking details:

• The three young crooks grabbed a 26-year-old woman’s phone as she walked through the park near the corner of Myrtle and N. Portland avenues on Sept. 13.

The hoodlums approached the woman from behind grabbed her phone at around 6:30 pm.

• Just two hours later, a member of the under-aged trio grabbed a 20-year-old woman’s bag at the same location.

The crook snatched the victim’s satchel — which contained Nike tennis shoes, keys, an iPod Touch, and $12 — and fled at around 8:45 pm.

• The same perps heisted a 26-year-old woman’s bag the following day as she read on the grass near the corner of S. Portland and DeKalb avenues.

At around 5:10 pm, the thieves grabbed the victim’s bag — which contained her iPod Nano, credit cards, Metrocard and $51 — and dashed away.

• An hour later, the trio stole an iPod from a 25-year-old woman’s hands.

The crooks confronted the victim in the park near the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park at around 6:15 pm and grabbed the music player.

Cops say they locked up the three hooligans later that night.

Clean getaway

A thief heisted a Cadillac Escalade from a Flatbush Avenue Extension car wash on Sept. 13.

The perp jumped into the luxury SUV as it went through the wash near the corner of Willoughby Street between 9:25 pm and 9:50 pm.

The 51-year-old victim left his keys in the fancy ride as it went through the machine, cops said.

Pratt attack

A perp put a 27-year-old Pratt student in a chokehold during a vicious Sept. 16 mugging.

The crook trailed the victim as he passed the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Hall Street at around 8:45 pm before shoving him against a gate.

“Where’s the cash?” the thug demanded.

The victim threw his wallet and the crook retrieved it and fled, escaping with an ID, credit cards, iPod Nano and Blackberry.

Target is a bull’s-eye

A pickpocket snatched a 31-year-old’s pocketbook from the Target at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fourth Avenue on Sept. 18.

In the latest incident at the national retailer, the crook grabbed the purse — which contained the victims IDs, keys, credit card, Metrocard, cellphone, iPhone, and $102 — at around 1:45 pm somewhere between the fitting room and the shoe section.

Got one

Cops and Long Island University security guards nabbed a would-be robber, but missed another thief in a crime wave on the school’s campus on Sept. 15.

In the first incident, a thief snatched a college student’s bag while she read inside a building on Flatbush Avenue Extension between 6:30 pm and 7 pm. The thief got the victim’s Fendi glasses, Prada pocketbook, Louis Vuitton wallet, credit cards, IDs, and $150, and fled down DeKalb Avenue.

Minutes later, a perp attempted to mug a 54-year-old woman as she walked onto the campus near the same corner at around 6:50 pm.

“Give me that,” the crook shouted as he grabbed the woman’s bag.

The victim eventually pulled the purse away from the perp and informed security guards, who detained a 29-year-old suspect.

B61 pickpocket

A bus-riding bad guy snatched a 65-year-old woman’s purse as she rode the B61 on Sept. 14.

The perp grabbed the victim’s purse from within her tote bag between 4:45 and 5:35 pm, as the bus traveled from the corner of Clinton Street and Atlantic Avenue to the corner of Park Avenue and St. Edwards Street.

The thief escaped with the victim’s Metrocard, keys, and $100.

Doc, you drama

A dispute between two employees at Brooklyn Hospital Center on Sept. 14 turned violent when one worker hurled a beeper at his peer.

The 66-year-old suspect chucked the antique telegraphic device at the 62-year-old victim, striking him on the shoulder at around 9:30 am inside the medical center, which is located on DeKalb Avenue near the corner of Ashland Place.


Thieves stole three MacBook computers from an Adelphi Street home on Sept. 16.

The crooks got into the residence, which is Park and Myrtle avenues, at some time between 11 am and 6 pm.

Got Gershed

Thieves stole at least three bicycles within the confines of the 88 Precinct, committing a crime that will forever be known as “getting Gershed” in honor of The Brooklyn Paper’s bike-crazy editor, who has been a repeat victim of bicycle theft.

• A bad guy heisted a folding bike from its spot locked near the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Sept. 15.

The perp broke the lock and stole the Mezzo bike — valued at $2,000 — from the corner of Fourth and Flatbush avenues between 11 am and 11:40 am.

• A crook pried open a basement door to steal two bicycles from a Greene Avenue residence.

The thief snatched the cycles — a Specialized bike and a mountain bike that cops valued at $900 — from a storage room near Atlantic Ave between Sept. 18 at 1:30 pm and Sept. 19 at 6 pm.

Purse curse

A thief snatched a woman’s wallet as she exited the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Sept. 19.

The crook jostled the woman’s bag and grabbed her Gucci wallet as she left the shopping center. The thief used the victims credit cards to buy Metrocards, police reports indicated.

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Reader Feedback

Joseph Ross from Clinton Hill Apartments says:
In all the incidents that I have read about people being robbed, I am now certain that for most part, to avoide similar incidents, the responsibility falls on the individual.There is nothing wrong with looking over your shoulder from time to time when taking a walk, sitting in the park, going in and out of stores etc. I find in looking over your shoulder from time to time, makes you more aware and or conscious about your immediate enviorment. The responsibility of protecting oneself does not necessary have to fall on N.Y.P.D. all the time. We all have to make an effort. So my advice and or comment is that community members must be more aware of their surrounding. Every now and then, take a look over your shoulder.
Sept. 23, 2009, 10:34 am
joey from Clinton Hills says:
I agree Joseph. Also, it is a good idea to cross the street to avoid suspicious looking loiterers. I keep telling my wife that this is not racist and if gangs of white hoodlums blocked the sidewalks around CH, she should also cross the street.
Sept. 23, 2009, 3:48 pm

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