11-year-old mugged on Avenue U • Brooklyn Paper

11-year-old mugged on Avenue U

61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Manhattan Beach—Gerritsen Beach—Gravesend

Mugged on U

A thug attacked an 11-year-old boy on Avenue U during an attempted mugging on Dec. 7.

The victim was approaching E. 23rd Street at 4 pm when the suspect approached, demanding his cellphone and money.

When the boy claimed he didn’t have either, the suspect struck him in the legs with a long blunt object, leaving his victim with multiple bruises.

Drug raid

A thief broke into an Avenue P drug store on Dec. 10, taking more than $3,000.

Workers at Dear Drugs near E. Fifth Street said the thief forced open the rear door sometime after 5 am.

Money was removed from both the register and a safe, employees told police.

Truck terrors

Police arrested two teens who they said tried to ransack a landscaping van parked on Quentin Road on Dec. 9.

The two suspects, both 16, were nabbed at 11:25 am after they were seen trying to take a ratchet from the truck parked near E. 26th Street.

Security threat

A woman doused a building security guard with pepper spray after she was forced to leave the E. 21st Street address on Dec. 9.

The guard said he had just chased the woman out of the building near Emmons Avenue at 2:25 pm when she quickly turned around and spritzed him in the eyes with the noxious chemicals.

Cellphone swipe

A thief on a bicycle sped by a 21-year-old woman on Avenue U — snagging a cellphone from her during the Dec. 11 confrontation.

The victim was between W. Eighth and W. Ninth streets at 7:15 pm when the suspect sped by, snatching the phone out of her hands.

Hockey hooligans

A thief broke into the Kings Bay Youth Organization offices on Coyle Street on Dec. 10 — removing three pairs of hockey skates from a storage shed.

Employees of the offices between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue said the thieves cut their way through a security fence, then cut the lock to the shed sometime after 4 pm.

Put-put predator

A thief on a scooter attacked a 50-year-old woman on Haring Street on Dec. 9, taking $5.

The woman was taking out her money as she walked to a coffee shop near Haring Street at 5:35 am when the suspect motored up to her.

“Give me your money!” the man yelled. Startled, the woman handed over the funds, prompting the thief to demand more.

The thief scooted off when the victim said she had nothing left to give.

Holy war

A landlord damaged a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of his tenant’s apartment on E. 15th Street during a far-from-Christian encounter on Nov. 16.

The 49-year-old woman said that the suspect damaged the statue, claiming that he was going to remove it from her home between Kings Highway and Avenue R.

“You have no right to the front area,” the man claimed before storming off.

The altercation happened in November, but the woman didn’t report the crime until Dec. 9, police said.

Wall smasher

Police arrested a 23-year-old man who they believe destroyed sections of a Batchelder Street apartment hallway on Dec. 10.

Witnesses said the suspect was inside the building, which is part of the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses near Avenue W, when he punched the hallway wall, causing sections of it to shatter into pieces.

The alleged wall breaker was taken into custody a short time later, charged with criminal mischief.

Court raid

A thief broke into a car parked on Canton Court in Gerritsen Beach on Dec. 7, removing an anchor chain.

A pair of sunglasses was also removed from the 2011 Ford Focus as it sat near Lois Avenue sometime after 9 pm.

— Thomas Tracy

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

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