Lots of DUMBO crime this week

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Gang assault

A gang of thugs assaulted a man on Jay Street on Oct. 9.

The victim told police that he was near Water Street at 12:50 pm when a group of approximately 20 men approached and identified themselves as the “Browser Gang.” They proceeded to punch and kick the victim, who said that he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang.

Purse snatch

A thief stole a pocketbook from the much-loved Water Street Restaurant on Oct. 8.

The victim said that she left the purse in a bathroom at the DUMBO eatery, between Main and Dock streets, at around 8 pm. It was missing upon her return one hour later.

Failing grades

At least two computers were stolen out of Downtown college classrooms last week. Kids these days:

• A student swiped his teacher’s laptop in a City Tech classroom on Jay Street on Oct. 1, cops said. The professor said that he left the computer on his desk at the college, between Johnson and Tillary streets, at 12:50 pm, but it was gone later that day.

• A thief stole a man’s laptop inside of an NYU-Poly classroom on Oct. 3.

The victim said that he left the computer in the back of the classroom, which is between Jay and Lawrence streets, before taking an exam at 3 pm. When the test was over, the $2,100 laptop was missing.

Rolex stolen

A bad houseguest is the prime suspect in the theft of a fancy watch from a Pierrepont Street home on Oct. 2.

The homeowner told cops that she discovered that her $8,000 Rolex was missing from a desk drawer at noon, hours after the last guest had left from a party the night before at the house, which is between Willow and Pierrepont places.

Kickball caper

A thief snatched a woman’s purse while she played kickball with her children at PS 261 on Pacific Street on Oct. 5.

The victim told cops that she set the pocketbook aside at 8:15 am inside the school’s playground, between Hoyt and Smith streets. The purse was missing when she went to retrieve it after two hours of enjoying Brooklyn’s unofficial pasttime.

Cell serviced

A thief swiped a woman’s cellphone at the DeKalb Avenue subway station on Oct. 6.

The victim said that she was waiting on the Brooklyn-bound platform under Flatbush Avenue Extension at 8 pm when the thief grabbed her phone and ran out of the station.

Chain pain

A thief stripped a woman’s necklace on Fulton Street on Oct. 9.

The woman told cops that she was near Bond Street at 5:20 pm when the thief grabbed the chain and took off.

Moto missing

A thief swiped a Suzuki motorcycle from Henry Street on Oct. 4.

The bike’s owner parked the blue rice burner between Joralemon and State streets at midnight. When he returned at 3 pm, the bike was missing.

Bank heist

A robber made a clean getaway from a Court Street bank in a brazen midday theft on Oct. 8.

The thief entered the Brooklyn Federal Savings branch at Livingston Street at 12:45 pm and passed a bank teller a note demanding cash.

The teller complied, and the thief left with the mysterious bundle of money.

Punch out

Five thugs beat up a man for his cellphone on Elm Place on Oct. 5.

The victim said that he was near Fulton Street at 5:30 pm when the group attacked him, punched him several times and stole his iPhone 4.

Choked up

Three thugs beat up a customer inside of a Third Avenue barbershop on Oct. 3.

The victim said that he was at Cool Cuts, between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place, at 9 am when the men walked in and demanded his cellphone. He refused to hand it over, so they placed him in a chokehold and stole it anyway.

— Daniel Bush

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Reader Feedback

Teresa from DUMBO says:
I believe there was also a shooting on Sands Street in DUMBO by the housing project Friday night. There is also gunfire over there but it's hardly reported.
Oct. 16, 2011, 8 am

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