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Car thieves and break-in artists were running wild last week in Park Slope, where car crime is often common, but not in numbers like this. Here’s a roundup:
• Two cars were busted into in what has become known as Car Thief Alley — the quiet stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Eastern Parkway. In the first case, the victim told cops that he’d parked there at 7 am on Aug. 31 and returned six hours later to find his window broken and his center console ripped out and expensive fog lamps taken.
A similar crime occurred on Sept. 28, when a Queens steelworker parked his company truck at the same location at around 10 am and returned three hours later to find that $1,150 in tools had been taken.
• A thief got that most desired of wheels — a 12-year-old Honda Civic — from 13th Street between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1. The owner told cops that she’d parked the car between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at around 10 pm and returned to it five days later to find it gone.
• A thief stole a navigation system out of a Chevy SUV that had been parked on Carroll Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues on Sept. 30. The owner discovered the dastardly deed when he returned to the oversized vehicle on Oct. 2.
• An Econoline van was stolen off Sackett Street on Sept. 29 — an hour after its owner checked on it. The 61-year-old victim told cops that he’d last seen the truck at around 3 pm on the corner of Fifth Avenue. An hour later, he didn’t.
• A thief broke into a South Carolina man’s Ford Explorer on Ninth Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues on Sept. 29, getting fancy camera equipment and a laptop. The victim told cops that he’d left the large truck-like car on the block at 4 pm and returned to it four hours later.
• A thief got a woman’s Ford minivan on Oct. 1, swiping it off Fourth Street between 1:40 and 9:15 pm, cops said.
At least two Seventh Avenue restaurants were burglarized — and one customer robbed — last week, both just after closing time.
• In the first crime, workers closed up Tofu on Seventh, a popular, less-oil Chinese restaurant, at around 10:30 pm on Sept. 29. But when they returned at 11 am to the eatery, which is between Third and Fourth streets, they discovered that $200 had been stolen from a register.
• Two days later, Miracle Grill, which is at Third Street, was broken into through a cellar door. This time, the crooks got 61 bottles of booze valued at $740 (hmmm), an iPod and a wireless router.
• A thief stole a woman’s handbag off a chair at La Taqueria, a popular place for roast chicken and Margaritas, between 7 and 11 pm on Oct. 2. The victim told cops that she had put the bag on the back of her chair while she had dinner at the restaurant, which is between Lincoln and Berkeley places.
A court reporter had her stenograph and other work-related equipment stolen from her Pacific Street apartment on Sept. 29.
Cops said that the thief entered through an open door in the unit, which is at Fourth Avenue, between 5:30 and 7:30 pm.
Once inside, he helped himself to a fancy Elan stenograph, plus a tripod, extra keyboard and various cables. The entire haul was worth more than $4,000.
— Gersh Kuntzman
©2009 Community Newspaper Group
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