Cops are searching for two guys who they say burglarized a dozen shops

Burglars target Greenpoint and Williamsburg businesses

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Police are on the hunt for a pair of burglars who they say knocked off a dozen businesses in Greenpoint and Williamsburg over the past month and a half.

The crafty burglars generally broke into bars and restaurants while they were closed, police said.

The burgling pair first struck Connie O’s Pub on Norman Avenue between Newel and Diamond streets in the morning hours of June 18. Their latest heist occurred sometime between 10 pm on July 25 and 9:30 am on July 26 at Ameena Florists on Norman Avenue between Diamond and Jewel streets.

In each of the incidents, the thieves pried their way in with a metal bar, stole money out of the cash register, and then sped off in a minivan.

Here is a list of recent burglaries believed to have been perpetrated by the pair:

•Connie O’s Pub, 158 Norman Ave., Greenpoint. Between 4 am and 10 am on June 18.

•Mrs. Kim’s, 160 Franklin St., Greenpoint. Between 3 am and 6:30 am on June 28.

•TBD Bar, 224 Franklin St., Greenpoint. Between 5 pm on July 2 and 3:40 am on July 3.

•Grandma Rose’s, 457 Graham Ave., Williamsburg. Between 12:57 am and 3 am on July 3.

•One Stop Beer Shop, 134 Kingsland Ave. Between 4:37 am and 5 am on July 21.

•Cookie Road, 94 Franklin St. Between 11 pm on July 21 and 6:30 am on July 22.

•Freddy Food Market, 257 Driggs Ave. Between 1:53 am and 1:56 am on July 22.

•Boulevard Tavern, 579 Meeker Ave. At 5:33 am on July 22.

•Fat Goose, 125 Wythe Ave. 3:09 am on July 26.

• Modca, 103 N. Third St. Between 11 pm on July 25 and 6 am on July 26.

• Oslo Coffee Shop, 133 Roebling St. 1:50 am on July 25.

• Ameena’s Florist, 183 Norman Ave. Between 8 pm on July 25 and 9:30 am on July 26.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). Members of the public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at

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Reasonable discourse

John from Williamsburg says:
Was this what the NYPD Helicopter was doing in the neighborhood this morning at around 4am for quite a while?
Aug. 2, 2013, 8:18 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Good morning, John. John Wasserman here. Apparently, no. No, that's not the reason. Here's hoping for a happy Friday for the both of us, though.
Aug. 2, 2013, 8:37 am
cityinfiltrator from brokelyn says:
they could use the the ghetto birds more frequently and how about more cops on patrol in the wee hours of the morning.
Aug. 2, 2013, 9:24 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I hate to be the one to have to tell you this, but this isn't going to just happen overnight. Burglary is one thing, where rape and murder are two other things. Arson...That's also yet one other factor. Here's hoping you'll be able to do the math, and happy Friday to you sir.
Aug. 2, 2013, 9:32 am
LC from Brooklyn says:
So what *was* the helicopter doing in the area this morning then?????
Aug. 2, 2013, 9:43 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
If was strictly a training program. If you'll notice, every Friday morning since July (and through August), this has/will occur.
Aug. 2, 2013, 9:59 am
Annoyed from Williamsburg says:
No. This is the first Friday morning there was a helicopter out there making that much racket for *hours*. No one got any sleep - it was quite an annoyance. Would have been nice to know in advance this was a training program and that now it's going to be happening the entire next month every Friday morning. What hours will this be happening?
Aug. 2, 2013, 10:26 am
Luca from Williamsburg says:
why the hell was there a police helicopter almost literally over my apartment from 3:30 to 5:30 this morning?! somebody please tell me!!
Aug. 2, 2013, 10:36 am
John from Williamsburg says:
There was an unmarked car on my street with two cops sitting in it. A little much for a "training program". Training to do what? Point a spotlight? Fly a helicopter? No need to do that at 3am and wake up an entire neighborhood. Can someone at the Brooklyn Paper do some journalistic legwork
Aug. 2, 2013, 10:43 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Unfortunately these are the only hours available for the trainings. Try to understand that "peak" hours are generally taken up by actual crime and such. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this. If it were up to me, believe me, the hours would be quite different. Thank you.
Aug. 2, 2013, 11:03 am
Garin Marschall from Greenpoint says:
It was not a training exercise- we were walking around, talking to cops, and met dude who called them. There was an attempted break-in, cops set up perimeter, brought in dogs and the chopper, etc. I think they caught one, but were searching rooftops, etc. Very odd that there were absolutely no media on hand to cover it. The chopper woke us up too, was there for hours...It might have been the dudes mentioned in this article, but no clue.
Aug. 2, 2013, 11:37 am
Ramf from Williamsburg says:
Garin - that would make more sense with what actually looked like was happening.

John W - 3am to 5am would seem a time at which there would be a relatively higher number of crimes occuring. I certainly feel safer walking down my street at 4pm than 4am. So why would training be scheduled then?
Aug. 2, 2013, 11:45 am
Sarah from Brooklyn says:
Thanks for the story, Garin. Sounds a lot more like what went on.
Aug. 2, 2013, 11:53 am
TC from Williamsburg says:
Definitely wasn't a training exercise. They were no more than 100 feet above my building using the spotlight through the streets. My guess is they were working a lead on the pair robbing all businesses in the neighborhood since they seem to be night hawks
Aug. 2, 2013, 12:57 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Hi Ramf: I Agree. If I had any say, this training should be done during the day, while people are awake.
As for Garin: Yes, the police you spoke to were part of said trainig. There was a reason there was no media there. Let me just say, if you don't mind, that I do find this quite odd.
Aug. 2, 2013, 1:01 pm
Megan from Greenpoint says:
Thanks, Garin, for the update - been trying to find anything on this all day. The chopper was directly above my bldg. for about an hour. So far, this comment thread is the only mention of it I can find on the Interwebz. Anyone know the outcome of the search or heard anymore updates? Thanks!
Aug. 2, 2013, 1:07 pm
Garin Marschall from Greenpoint says:
I can't tell if John Wasserman is trolling or not- no offense dude. Do you have reason to think this was training? We talked to some hipsters who had their apartment entered by eight cops. We also talked to the guy that saw a perp in his back yard and called the police. Specialists (SWAT-types) had gained entry to multiple buildings to allow searches on rooftops. One guy described what sounded like use of a door-frame spreader to enter an apartment. That is not training. But yeah, still no coverage.
Aug. 2, 2013, 1:25 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Very, very odd. Pardon me.
Aug. 2, 2013, 1:47 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I believe it was on NY1, yesterday afternoon in the lunch room. Sorry for not answering sooner.
Aug. 2, 2013, 1:56 pm
ramf from Williamsburg says:
John W - Odd then that a search of NY1's archives on the web for stories brings up absolutely nothing.
Aug. 2, 2013, 2:12 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
It's so odd that you were unable to find it. Perhaps it was another network, if you don't mind the suggestion?
Aug. 2, 2013, 2:26 pm
ramf from Williamsburg says:
Odd that there's nothing about this event anywhere other than this thread.

Either as a training exercise, which I am still doubtful of, but willing to be proved wrong on, or as an actual incident, which I am much more inclinded to believe.
Aug. 2, 2013, 2:59 pm
cat from greenpoint says:
Some please tell me what was happening this morning need to know. what i should be looking. out for. My wife come home at that time and i leave for work
Aug. 2, 2013, 3:52 pm
Garin from Greenpoint says:
Brooklyn Paper/ Danielle Furfaro delivers:
Aug. 2, 2013, 3:53 pm
Nathan Tempey from The Brooklyn Paper says:
Ask and you shall receive.
Aug. 2, 2013, 4:07 pm
LC from Brooklyn says:
Thanks for the information, Gavin.

Thanks for the (mis)information Wasserman.
Aug. 2, 2013, 4:31 pm

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