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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Break shack

Cops cuffed a man accused of stealing a laptop from a Flatbush Avenue electronics store on Jan. 5 — and managing to break the device on the way out of the shop.

A thief grabbed the computer and ripped off a lock tethering it to the shop near Atlantic Avenue at 4 pm. But the forceful tug also broke off a part of the computer, according to documents from the District Attorney’s office.

The 38-year-old suspect faces charges of larceny, criminal mischief, and possession of stolen goods.

Bike-by mugging

A pedal-pushing perp grabbed a phone from a victim’s hand at the corner of Pacific Street and Third Avenue on Jan. 7.

The thief pushed the unlucky woman to the ground at 3:12 pm and tried to yank the gadget away from the victim’s grasp.

The victim suffered a cut knee and a bruised cheek in the struggle.

Police later locked up a 53-year-old suspect who was caught carrying a substance believed to be crack cocaine, documents from the District Attorney’s office indicate.

— Ben Muessig

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