Thief snags wallet right out of purse

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Not fare

A thief snatched a woman’s wallet from her purse at the Clinton-Washington subway station as she tried to refill her MetroCard on Jan. 13, police said.

The 37-year-old victim told cops she was using the ticket machine at 9:15 am when a guy who was asking for swipes at the turnstile came up behind her, reached into her purse, and removed her purple “Hobo” wallet.

The crook took off down Washington Avenue, getting away with credit and debit cards and $20 in cash, said police.

Train in vain

A robber snagged a woman’s purse while she sat waiting for a train in the Nevins Street station on Jan. 15, cops said.

The 20-year-old law-abider was sitting on the bench on the Manhattan-bound platform at 11:45 am, using her phone, when a tough guy came up and tried to snatch it, cops said. She told police she was able to hold on, but the man grabbed her purse instead.

The crook made off with a $100 bill, a folder full of tax documents, headphones, and a wallet, according to the cops.

Memory phone

A brute punched a woman as she tried to exit his car on Gates Avenue on Jan. 15 and, adding insult to injury, took her phone, cops said.

The 22-year-old victim told police she attempted to exit the man’s car near the corner of Washington Avenue at 10:30 pm, but the goon grabbed her, hit her in the face, and grabbed her cellular device.

Police said they found the phone a short while later.

Fake it, take it

A man pretending to be drunk grabbed a 53-year-old lady’s phone, shoved her, and took off on Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 16, cops said.

The woman told authorities she was near Carlton Avenue at 6:15 pm when three men approached, one stumbling. The groggy guy grabbed her phone and gave her push, then all three men scrammed, the one suddenly sober, cops said.

The long walk home

Police cuffed two teenaged boys who they say stole an iPod from a lass as she walked home from school on Vanderbilt Avenue on Jan. 16.

The 13-year-old girl told cops the hoodlums threatened her as she walked near Lafayette Avenue at 3:10 pm, demanding her portable music player.

Cops arrested two 14-year-olds later that day.


A lowlife whacked a woman with her own cane at a Tillary Street woman’s shelter Jan. 16, say cops who arrested a suspect.

The two women were staying at the shelter near Prince Street and got into an altercation at 5:30 pm, police said. The 52-year-old aggressor grabbed the 37-year-old victim’s cane and hit her in the head, arm, and back, according to a police report.

Cops came and arrested the older lady.

Barricade bash

Cops cuffed a menace who they say beat three people with a splintered piece of a wooden police barricade on Flatbush Avenue on Jan. 17.

The victims were near Fulton Street at 7:12 pm when the 23-year terror-old struck, according to police. He hit all three victims in the face, sending one to the hospital, cops said.

Police recovered splintered pieces of the barrier and apprehended the suspect at the scene.

No safe space

A burglar made off with a safe from an apartment on N. Elliot Place Jan. 12, cops said.

The locks to the front door of the home between Park and Flushing avenues were busted and the safe was the only thing missing, according to police. The victim gave no indication of what the lock-box might contain, cops said.

Double jeopardy

A 37-year-old got out of prison only to find that someone was using his debit card while he was locked up, cops said.

The victim was staying in a halfway house in the Bronx when he was arrested on May 2 and told police that he left his belongings behind when he was caged.

When his brother went to retrieve the items, they were missing, according to a police report. He told cops he checked his account after getting out of the slammer and found himself $5,400 short.

Beats by stray

Police arrested a teen who they say worked with a crew of crooks to snatch a 26-year-old woman’s fancy headphones on Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 16.

The victim told cops she was walking near the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue at 3:25 pm when five goons approached her and one grabbed her Beats by Dre headphones.

The rascals took off, turning south on Adelphi Street, cops said. Officers arrested a 14-year-old man shortly after hearing of the heist.

An app for that

Three crooks pilfered a woman’s phone as she walked down Fulton Street on Jan. 16, cops said.

The victim told police she was near S. Oxford Street at 6 pm when the treacherous trio approached her from behind and grabbed her phone as she was talking. The bandits took off on Fulton Street, according to police.

Officers used the phone’s “Find my iPhone” feature to track the device to a Brownsville barbershop, but could not recover it, they said.

Video lame

Cops cuffed a guy who they say threatened to kill a 16-year-old, then stole his video game system on Jan. 15.

A Fort Greene Place teen told cops he received threatening text messages and phone calls from a man he knew at 5 pm. He told police one message said, “Yo I need money or jewelry or something valuable or you’re gonna die. I’ll shoot you.”

The kid was scared and gave the suspect what he wanted, an air mattress, an XBox Kinect game system, and a video game, he said.

Cops arrested a 26-year-man on Clermont Avenue near Park Avenue.

Cell loan

A goon snatched a woman’s cellphone right out of her hand on S. Portland Avenue on Jan. 19, cops said.

The 22-year-old victim told police she was between Hanson Place and Fulton Street when the crook struck.

Bad trip

A thief drove a man’s car away from its Lefferts Place parking spot while the owner was on vacation between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, according to police.

The 31-year-old victim parked his 1997 Honda between Grand and Classon Avenues before going on a trip, cops said. When he returned six days later, the car was gone, according to a report.

Hot wheels

A 37-year-old lady reported her 2006 Nissan Murano missing from Waverly Avenue on Jan. 19.

She told cops she left it overnight between Myrtle and Park avenues and, when she returned the next morning, it was gone. Police found broken glass where it was parked, they said.

— Matthew Perlman

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