A thief stole a woman’s iPhone off a counter at a Bergen Street restaurant on Feb. 24 — then derided her when she called to demand its return.
The 31-year-old customer at the excellent Sun in Bloom restaurant between Fifth and Flatbush avenues told cops that she left the phone on the counter at around 12:30 pm. Later, when she dialed her own number, a man answered and said, “Dumb b—h, now you’ve learned your lesson.”
At least three apartments were burglarized last week:
• A thief stole computers and a camera from a St. Marks Place apartment overnight on Feb. 23. The victim told cops that the thief came through the back window on the apartment, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, sometime after 10 pm to steal a computer, an iPod and a digital camera.
• An unlocked door on a Third Street apartment was all a thief needed to steal a laptop computer on Feb. 24. The resident of the unit, which is at Sixth Avenue, told cops that she had left the door open when she departed at around 7 pm. When she came back four hours later, she discovered the crime.
• A prospect tenant is the main suspect in the burglary of a desktop Apple computer from a Seventh Avenue apartment between Feb. 13 and 20. One of the residents told cops that he was not in the apartment, which is between Seventh and Eighth streets, for several months, but got a call from a roommate who said that she discovered one day that his computer was gone. That’s when she realized that she had shown the apartment to several prospective renters, including one named Josh, who cops suspect was merely casing the joint for a future incursion.
Another iPhone has been swiped, this time from a subway passenger on a Bay Ridge-bound R train on Feb. 25.
The victim told cops that she was sitting near the door at around 4:30 pm when a thief grabbed the phone as the train was about to leave the Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street station.
The perp fled to “parts unknown,” police said.
Yet another employee at New York Methodist Hospital has had her wallet stolen.
The latest victim told cops that she was getting off her shift at around 7 pm on Feb. 25 at the Sixth Street medical center when she noticed that her wallet was missing from the jacket hanging on her office chair.
By the time the worker called her credit card company, the thief had already run up an $80.75 charge at an East New York liquor store and two other locations.
At least two vehicles were reported stolen or broken into last week:
• A bandit swiped a Nissan Maxima from the neighborhood’s renowned car thief’s paradise: the quiet, dark stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Grand Army Plaza. The victim told cops that he’d parked the fancy sedan near the Prospect Park Zoo on Feb. 25 at 1 pm. But when he returned to it about 12 hours later, it was gone.
• A thief bashed the window of a car that had been parked on 12th Street on Feb. 24, stealing a wallet. The victim said she returned to the car the next day at 8 am to find the broken glass on the block between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Further inspection revealed that the wallet, and the $60 inside it, was gone.
— Gersh Kuntzman
©2010 Community News Group
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