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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Wild diaper van thief

A madman jacked a diaper delivery van that was parked on Prospect Park West on May 4 and took it for a wild ride.

The 27-year-old deliveryman told police that he was making a drop-off on the street between Fifth and Sixth streets at 5:30 pm. About 30 minutes later he noticed a man wearing a black hat and blue sweater jump into the white Chevrolet and flee the scene, making a right on Sixth Street.

The perp went northbound on Eighth Avenue, where he got into an accident with another vehicle and kept going, according to a police report. The crook then made a left on St. Johns Place onto the sidewalk going the wrong way of the traffic. He made a right on Seventh Avenue going toward Flatbush Avenue and got away with a wallet, phone, 19 diaper boxes, $300, and the van.

Beat up for an iPhone

A hooded perp attacked a woman for an iPhone 5 on Fourth Avenue on April 30.

The 28-year-old victim told police that she was on the corner of Warren Street at 8 am when the male miscreant punched her on the back of her head and forcefully grabbed the cellphone from her and ran off.

The victim had seen the lawbreaker in the area several times prior to the incident, said cops.

Bad boyfriend

Cops collared a 32-year-old man who they say assaulted his girlfriend inside an Atlantic Avenue department store on April 30.

A witness in the store near Flatbush Avenue called police and reported that the suspect grabbed the female by the neck.

The 26-year-old victim told police that she and her boyfriend got into an argument. The victim suffered redness and bruising to the right side of her neck, police said.

Break in

A crook burglarized a Union Street apartment and made off with two laptops on April 29.

The 40-year-old victim told cops that he left his abode between Fifth and Sixth avenues at 2:30 pm and when he returned about eight hours later, he found his front door lock broken and the two laptops missing.

Swiped in the blink of an eye

A quick-handed, baseball cap-wearing delinquent grabbed a woman’s iPhone right out of her hand while on a G train at the Fourth Avenue stop on April 28.

The 26-year-old victim told police that she was on the northbound train at the stop near Ninth Street at 8:10 pm when the perp snatched the cellular device out of her hands fled out of the subway.

Both the perp and the victim boarded the train at the 15th Street stop, according to a police report.

Instrumental heist

A criminal made off with more than $10,000 of musical equipment from the inside of a van that was left on Dean Street on April 29.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that he left his gray Chevrolet on the street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues at 1 am and when he returned the next day at 7 am he found the van door was broken and four guitars and their cases, cables, two piano cases, and other equipment were missing.

Ransacked

A crook broke into a woman’s Berkeley Place apartment and took a laptop on April 29.

The 30-year-old victim told police that the she left the abode between Sixth and Seventh avenues at 9:30 am and when she returned at 8 pm she found her front door busted open, her apartment ravaged, and the 15-inch computer gone.

Petty thief

A sneaky pickpocket helped himself to a woman’s debit card while on the F train at the Fourth Avenue stop on Feb. 13.

The 25-year-old victim told police she was on the train at the station near Ninth Street at 9:45 am when the crook swiped her money card.

The suspect withdrew $1,200 from the bank with the victim’s card, according to a police report.

Looted car

A crook busted the window of a car parked on Bergen Street and made off with a bunch of goods on May 4.

The victim told police that she left her blue Honda Accord on the street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues at 8:30 am. When she returned more than 15 hours later the rear window of her ride was smashed in and her rolling luggage, $4,000 worth of assorted costume jewelry, her iPad 3, cellphone, and iPod was gone.

Gym rat

A sly thief stole items out of a gym-goers locker when he was at a Ninth Street fitness center on May 4.

The 40-year-old victim told cops that he left his belongings in the locker of the gym between Fifth and Sixth avenues and went to go workout at 4:15 pm.

When he returned nearly two hours later $320, his iPhone 5, and credit and debit cards, were missing.

Bad fight

Police arrested a 35-year-old man who they say strangled his wife inside their Second Street apartment on May 5.

The 28-year-old victim told police that her husband choked her during a verbal dispute in the residence between Sixth and Seventh avenues at 1 am. The woman also told police that her husband — who faces a charge of strangulation in the first degree — threw a bottle of wine on the floor.

The woman suffered injuries around her throat and sustained a minor cut on her foot due to the broken bottle that struck the floor, police said.

— Natalie Musumeci

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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