What the F? Mayhem near station

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Two crimes, one thug?

A thug snatched a woman’s cellphone — only to give it back moments later — and then mugged two women minutes later near the Fourth Avenue F-train station on Feb. 22.

The first victim had been walking home at around 11:30 pm when the thief attacked her from behind near Ninth Street. The thug stole her phone and then ran about seven feet before giving the phone back to her.

But that doesn’t mean he was a good guy. Indeed, he punctuated his phone giveback by bashing the woman to the ground.

Minutes later, the mugger approached two women on 10th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues and said, “Don’t scream or I will kill you.”

But it wasn’t just a command — he also wanted money.

The victims handed him a total of $37, and he ran away.

Pocketbook pick

Two men mugged a man and a woman at gunpoint on Garfield Place on Feb. 27, getting away with $351 worth of stuff — but not for long.

The two victims were between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 12:25 am when the two perps approached with the gun and initiated the mugging.

The thieves got away with her purse and his wallet, but police collared a man suspected as being one of the muggers on Eighth Avenue — still holding $85 in his front pocket. The gun was also found on Eighth Avenue, cops said.

Mobile fears

Two bandits snatched the cellphone right out of the hand of a 22-year-old woman on Ninth Street on Feb. 23.

The woman was between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 3 pm, yakking away on her mobile device when the perps approached and grabbed it. They fled into the Ninth Street F-train station.

2 tough

A thug stole a man’s book bag — containing both his Staten Island Yankee Mastercard and his Kennel Club Visa card — on Feb. 26.

The man was on the 2 train around Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street at 8:45 pm when the thief rushed through the car and grabbed his bag, which also contained a beard shaver and miscellaneous notebooks and papers. The perp disappeared into other parts of the train.

No word yet on whether the Staten Island Yankees will themselves be victims of the Brooklyn Cyclones this year.

Gym jerk

A thief broke into a man’s locker at a Ninth Street gym on Feb. 16, nabbing the victim’s wallet with $120 in it.

The gym locker heist has become a Police Blotter staple. In this version, the man had gone back to his locker in the gym, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 3 pm to discover that his lock was broken and his wallet was gone.

The victim froze the cards after several charges had already been rung up.

Front failure

Thugs tried to break into several apartments in the same Fourth Avenue building, damaging front door locks and frames, on Feb. 26.

One woman left her apartment, between Douglass and Butler streets, at 8 am and returned 10 hours later to find her door all smashed up.

Another woman left home at 4:30 pm. She found the same when she returned at 8 pm.

Laptop lift

Thieves broke into a Union Street apartment and stole two laptops on Feb. 27.

The apartment, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, was empty from 9 am until about 8 pm, giving the thief plenty of time to make the steal.

Sleepy head

A robber broke into a man’s Garfield Place apartment on Feb. 25 and stole an Xbox 360 — while the tenant slept right through the invasion!

The victim told cops that he’d fallen asleep (how dare him!) at 4 am in his apartment, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, when the thief bashed his way through the front door.

The man woke up eight hours later to find his gaming system gone.


A crook broke into a Bergen Street apartment, nabbing $378 worth of stuff on Feb. 22.

The victim left his apartment, between Fifth and Flatbush avenues, at around 3:30 pm and returned three hours later. Two neighbors heard the victim’s door slam at around 5:30 pm, but neither saw anyone leaving the apartment.

The thief made off with an iPod and a cellphone.

Car crapshoot

At least four cars were stolen or broken into:

• A thief stole a bunch of car accessories, a camera, a wireless headset and some CDs from a 2003 Honda Accord that had been parked on Lincoln Place at 4 pm on Feb. 20. The victim returned to the spot, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, at 8 pm the next day to find the stuff, including a first-aid kit, was gone.

• A crook stole a 1996 Dodge Caravan from Seventh Street and Fourth Avenue sometime between Feb. 19 and Feb. 22.

• A 2003 Mitsubishi Galant was stolen from a spot on President Street sometime between Feb. 26 at 10 am and when its owner returned to it Feb. 28 at 12:30 pm. The car, parked between Fifth and Sixth avenues, also contained Rollerblades, a navigation system, textbooks and a Coach designer bag.

• A thug pinched a 1999 Honda Civic from a spot on Eighth Avenue near 14th Street sometime between 4 pm Feb. 23 and 7 pm on Feb. 25.

— Emilia Brock

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