Mirror, mirror on the Benz

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Mirror, mirror

At least two more Mercedes had their side mirrors swiped last week — the second straight week when this peculiar crime, against that most fancy of German sedans, has made an appearance in the Police Blotter.

In the latest rash, a thief removed the mirrors from a man’s E-320 sometime between Feb. 13 at 7 pm and the morning of Feb. 15. The car had been parked at Garfield Place and Prospect Park West.

In the next few days, a woman’s Mercedes of the same model — and almost the same parking space — was hit. The woman told cops that she had parked her car at 3 pm on Feb. 15 on Montgomery Place, between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West.

She noticed the mirrors were gone when she returned to the fancy automobile four days later.

In last week’s blotter, at least three E-320s had their mirrors stolen — and in all cases, cops estimate that the flashy driver’s aids would cost $2,000 to replace.


A thief nabbed a man’s “historical” six-foot iron driveway gate from a Garfield Place home last week.

The perp made off with the $8,000 gate sometime between Feb. 11 and Feb. 18, police reported. The 66-year old man’s driveway, at Polhemus Place, is now gateless and bare.

Sick intentions

A thief stole a man’s wallet — containing $1,081 in these tough economic times — while he was at his doctor’s office on Sixth Street Feb. 17.

The victim was in the office at New York Methodist Hospital, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, at around 9 am. The patient was waiting, as per his pronoun, patiently, and started dozing off — which gave the perp the opening he needed.

When the man woke up, the wallet was gone.

The hospital has been the scene of numerous similar crimes, as The Brooklyn Paper has reported.

Likes bikes

A bandit stole an unchained bike on Sixth Avenue on Feb. 17 — and got away with a wallet and cellphone, too.

The victim left the bike, valued at $900, on Seventh Street — but he did cancel his credit cards before the thief had the chance to use them. But the crook is enjoying some of the bike accessories, including lights and panniers.

Crying games

A crook broke into a Fourth Avenue apartment, taking $2,560 worth of high-tech gizmos overnight on Feb. 21.

Police found no forcible entry to the apartment, which is between Baltic and Warren streets, and the victim said that the only other people with keys to the place are his roommate and landlord.

Further evidence of an inside job? Cops say the perp entered and exited through the front door, taking with him an Xbox game system and an Apple laptop.

Lace chase

A thug broke into a Sackett Street apartment and got away with thousands in cash and prizes on Feb. 17.

The perp bashed through the front door of the building, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, sometime between 6:20 and 9:15 pm, when the resident was not at home.

The victim returned to find her Apple laptop, Canon camera, $75 and a $1,000 necklace gone in 60 seconds.

Quick pick

A thief nabbed a woman’s credit cards — and the grand sum of $4 — sometime between her visit to her doctor and an errand at a discount store on Ninth Street on Feb. 20.

The 67 year-old woman told cops that she went to the store, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, after her doctor’s appointment. At the checkout counter, she noticed that her bag had been opened and some of her things removed — though she did not feel anyone bump into her because of all the packages she was carrying.

By the time the lady cancelled her cards, the thief had rung up more than $320.

Watch your stuff!

A sweaty swindler took a man’s Rolex watch, valued at $4,500, in a popular Flatbush Avenue gym on Feb. 17.

The victim removed his watch to work out at 8 pm, and accidentally left it on the treadmill.

But by the time he went to retrieve his wrist candy 15 minutes later, it was gone from the gym, which is between Sterling Place and Park Place.

Steering steals

At least two cars were stolen last week:

• A woman’s 1997 Nissan Maxima was taken from its parking space on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues sometime between 8 pm on Feb. 13 and the morning of Feb. 16.

• A thug stole a 2002 Ford truck from its spot on Garfield Place and Prospect Park West on Feb. 18. The victim said he parked the gas-guzzler at around 9 am, and it was gone five hours later.

Cops have a big investigative tool in this case: the truck is emblazoned with a “Palone Bros.” company logo.

— Emilia Brock

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Charles from London says:
This article is full of win.
Feb. 26, 2009, 9:31 am

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