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Hand job

In the latest attack on iPhone users, a thief snatched the fancy smartphone out of the hand of its user at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Union Street on Dec. 22.

Following a pernicious pattern, the thief grabbed the phone seconds after the 38-year-old victim had left the subway station at about 7 pm.

The thug fled towards Third Avenue, and the victim returned to a lesser cellphone.

The old scam

Thieves pulled off the old “found money” scam on a 28-year-old woman on Fourth Avenue on Dec. 24, getting $3,000 from the dupe.

The victim told cops that she was approached at around 9:10 am near the corner of 22nd Street by a tiny woman who said she had just found $8,500.

Almost on cue, a man showed up and said that he had just lost a large amount of cash, but his lady accomplice denied any knowledge of the money — a ploy to gain the dupe’s confidence.

At that point, the lady thief promised to split the ill-gotten booty with her victim, but needed to be sure if she could trust her. So the pair went to the victim’s bank, where the dupe withdrew $3,000 and handed it to the thief.

You don’t need to be Mickey Spillane to know what happened next: The thief fled with the cash, swiping the victim’s handbag, containing her public benefit card and Mexican passport, for good measure.

Cops are looking for a 4-foot-11, 140-pound woman.

Something bad

A quick-moving shoplifter ran into a Fifth Avenue clothing store, grabbed more than $1,000 in jeans, and ran back outside to a waiting car on Dec. 22.

In what might have been a larcenous Christmas shopping trip, the thief entered Something Else boutique, which is at Union Street, at 5:30 pm, snatched eight pairs of jeans, and exited within seconds.

Cops said the lady thief jumped into a car with the license plate ETP-5192.

Side kicked

A thug pushed a 20-year-old woman to the ground and grabbed her Sidekick phone on Sixth Avenue on Dec. 19.

Cops say that the thief made his move at the corner of First Street at around 7 pm, shoving his victim to the ground, snatching the cell, and running off.

The victim said she knew her assailant.

Only 1 car?

In a neighborhood that saw a double-digit increase in car theft last year, this ranks as a miracle: Only one car was reported swiped last week.

The owner of the 2003 Mercedes told police that he had parked the luxury wheels on Prospect Park West at Fourth Street at around 2:30 pm on Dec. 22. But when he returned to it at 9 am the next morning, it was gone.

Burg watch

At least four buildings — and two cars — were burglarized last week. Here’s a round-up:

• The action began between 1:15 and 4:45 pm on Dec. 20, when a thief entered a Prospect Park West apartment. When the 22-year-old tenant returned to the unit, which is between 13th and 14th streets, he found that his laptop and Xbox game was gone.

• A few hours later, a thief broke into an Impala that had been parked in the notorious Pathmark lot on 12th Street near the Gowanus Canal. The thief got credit cards in the 4 pm theft.

• A thief swiped nearly $10,000 in jewels, electronics and sunglasses from a Sixth Avenue apartment on Dec. 21. Cops say the thug entered between 7 and 9:30 pm and took $6,000 in baubles, an Apple laptop, an iPod, a camera and an oddly expensive set of shades from the apartment, which is at Seventh Street.

• A thief got thousands in electronics after breaking into a St. Johns Place apartment between 10 am and 7 pm on Dec. 21. Cops say that the thug took two Apple laptops, four cameras and various accessories from the apartment, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

• A jerk broke a woman’s car window and took her credit cards, iPod and cellphone on Dec. 22. The woman told cops that the car had been parked at the corner of Lincoln Place and Sixth Avenue between 3:50 and 4:15 pm.

• A true Grinch broke into a Fourth Avenue bakery overnight on Dec. 25, taking tools, cameras and currency. Cops say that the thief entered the facility, which is at 11th Street, after it closed for the night at 5 pm.

— Gersh Kuntzman

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Glend Gershman from Park Slope says:
Hand job? ha ha ha. Wouldn't mind getting one of those.
It would really deserve the title of smart phone if it could give a good handing.
Dec. 30, 2009, 9:07 am

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