It must be shopping season — three incidents popped off at Conways on the Fulton Mall between Bond Street and Hanover Place last week:
• On June 3, a forgetful shopper left her bag by a clothing rack in the store at around 5 pm. When she returned 30 minutes later, the bag, containing a bracelet, Blackberry, an ATM card, and worst of all, an airline ticket and Trinidadian passport, was gone.
• Next, a thief was spotted swiping shoes by a security guard on June 8. When the guard confronted the shoe-bandit at around 10:15 am, he made a run for it, but didn’t get far before a brawl began. The thief managed to land a few blows before the guard attempted to call 911. The brigand then ripped the cellphone out of the guard’s hand and took off, ditching the shoes in a construction site. The resilient guard continued his pursuit, and managed to flag down Officer David Mills, who apprehended the 45-year-old suspect.
• Lastly, a careless shopper left her bag on a stroller while she checked out clothes on June 13. The victim told cops that she last saw her bag at around 4 pm. When she returned her attention to it 40 minutes later, she had lost a credit card and $190.
Two wallets were snatched out of two different purses at two different Starbucks last week.
• The first thief struck at the Court Street location between Joralemon and Livingston streets on June 9.
The victim said she hung her bag on a chair at the café at around 11:45 am. Five minutes later, someone had snatched the bag, containing an assortment of credit cards and IDs.
• The second incident went down at the Montague Street Starbucks between Hicks and Henry streets on June 12.
The victim told cops she also had hung her bag on the back of a chair, at the location at around 7:45 pm. About 45 minutes later, she noticed that someone had rummaged through the pockets of her purse and stole an iPod touch, a digital camera, and five credit cards.
A thief swiped two bicycles from a Bergen Street apartment on June 6.
The owner of the cycles told cops she had last seen them on the second- and third-floor hallways of her place between Smith and Hoyt streets at around 9 pm. When she returned the next afternoon, they were gone.
A pancake fiend stole an employee’s bag from the Livingston Street IHOP on June 12.
The workers told cops that she had left her bag in an employee lounge in the diner at Bond Street at around 3:45 pm. About five hours later, the bag, containing $150, a flash drive, and an assortment of credit cards and IDs, was gone. The thief even charged $500 on the victim’s debit card.
At least two high-tech heists went down within the confines of the 84th Precinct last week:
• A brigand swiped a woman’s iPhone right out of her hand as a Queens-bound C train pulled into the Jay Street station on June 13. The victim told cops she was using the device at around 6:30 pm when the thief struck and ran out of the station.
• Another iHungry-thief made his move on St. Marks Place on June 10. The victim told cops that she was texting on her gadget-phone at around 11 pm when the bandit snatched the phone from her hands and took off running.
It’s only a matter of time before Glenn Beck realizes copper is the new gold — yet another thief has stolen the valuable metal — this time ripping a copper drain pipe off a Cranberry Street house on June 4.
A resident of the crib between Hicks and Henry streets told cops that he had last noticed his drainage system intact at around 5:30 pm. Three days later, his $1,300 of copper piping was gone.
Earlier this month, our sister publication, the Kings Courier, reported on the deluge of water meters that are being pilfered for copper, the latest in a long line of robberies involving the precious metal.
A thief snatched a woman’s wallet when she stepped out of her office at the Brooklyn Tabernacle on Smith Street on June 8.
Cameras caught the crook snatching the wallet, containing an assortment of IDs credit cards and $10, from an office in the church between Livingston and Fulton streets at around 11:10 am. This house of God is no stranger to crime: in January, it was hit by two similar incidents.
— Stephen Brown
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