Man loses thousands in phony property scam
Someone tricked a Bath Beach man out of thousands of dollars during a months-long scam.
According to police, the victim thought he had been leasing a property since Oct. 11, and had the alleged property owner sent a total of $13,500. The scammer never provided the property and eventually stopped communicating with the victim, keeping all the cash for themselves.
Robbed on vacation
A burglar stole from a Bath Beach home off of 20th Avenue on Dec. 23.
Police said the unknown looter entered the home while the residents were on vacation. There were no signs of forced entry, but the thieves made off with $2,000 in cash and jewelry.
An unknown thief swiped a woman’s purse at as she shopped on 86th Street on Dec. 16.
The victim told police she was a store near Bay 19th Street at 2 p.m. when someone swiped her bag with her bank cards, cell phone and cash. The thief allegedly used the victim’s cards and made two transactions totaling $5,700.85.
Someone broke into a Bensonhurst home on 20th Avenue. on Dec. 31.
According to police, the victim forced open a door to the home at 5:15 a.m. with an unknown tool and stole $1,000 in cash, bank cards and name-brand personal items.
Another scooter gone
Someone stole a scooter from in front of a Bensonhurst home on 65th Street on Dec. 30.
The victim told police he parked his scooter behind his house at 10 p.m. but when he returned at 5:30 a.m., the scooter was missing. Using an Apple Airtag, police later located and recovered the stolen bike at East 95th Street and Clarkson Avenue.