Three vicious thugs knocked down a man as strolled on Union Street on Dec. 28, roughing him up and stealing his iPhone.
The 30-year-old victim told cops that he was between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 10:45 pm when the trio of hooligans surrounded him.
“Give me your money,” one of the men demanded before the other two started shoving the St. Johns Place man.
At some point, the thugs grapped the popular cellular device and fled.
Four thugs surrounded a man on Fourth Avenue on Dec. 27 and grabbed his fancy Blackberry phone.
The 25-year-old victim told cops that he was gabbing on the smartphone at around 6:35 pm near the corner of Bergen Street when the quartet approached and pushed him around.
One member of the villainous group grabbed the phone and the posse fled.
There were at least eight burglaries during that supposedly quiet fortnight around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Here’s a roundup:
• A thief broke into a Sterling Place apartment while others were watching the ball drop to steal a professional-grade camera. The victim told cops that he was not at the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, from 3:30 pm on Dec. 31 until 2:30 am on New Year’s Day. A few hours later, though, cops collared a 21-year-old man and charged him with the crime.
• Several men are believed to have broken into an Eighth Avenue apartment between Dec. 26 and Dec. 28, when the tenant returned to find $2,000 in computers and game systems missing from the unit, which is between Eighth and Ninth streets.
• A quick-moving pickpocket swiped a handbag from a shopping cart at the Lowe’s hardware store on Second Avenue on Dec. 27. The victim told cops that she $40 and various cards in the 1:30 pm swipe.
• A weeklong vacation for a Fifth Street man was the right medicine for a thief, who broke into the apartment and stole $1,400 in televisions, games and other electronics, plus a $3,000 racing bike. The 51-year-old victim discovered the crime when he returned to his home, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues just seconds after the new year began.
• An 11th Street man told cops that a thief swiped his laptop and fancy digital recorder, which he had left on his stoop for just 10 minutes at around 10 am on Dec. 22 as he waited for a car to take him to the airport from the house, which is at Seventh Avenue.
• A thief broke in through the back window of a Fourth Avenue apartment sometime between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 to steal thousands in video games and a digital camera. The resident of the apartment, which is between Degraw and Sackett streets, discovered the crime upon his return at 11 pm.
• This one is a mystery: A St. Marks Avenue woman told cops that she left her laptop on a living room chair on Dec. 29, but when she returned the next day, the laptop was gone — and there was no sign of forced entry. The victim discovered the missing computer in her apartment, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 1 am.
• A thief broke into an apartment on the same St. Marks Avenue block, taking a laptop computer. This time, the crime was discovered when the 25-year-old tenant came home at 7:30 pm on Dec. 29.
— Gersh Kuntzman
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