84th Precinct: Passing pilferer swipes purse from bike basket

84th precinct stationhouse
The 84th Precinct stationhouse in Downtown Brooklyn.
Photo by Kirstyn Brendlen


Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Passing pilferer swipes purse from bike basket

A jerk stole a woman’s purse out of her bike basket on Atlantic Avenue on Sept. 28.

Police said the victim was stopped at a red light at the corner of 4th Avenue at about 9:30pm when two men zipped by on a scooter. One of them reached out and snatched her purse out of the basket of her Citibike, and the duo continued down Atlantic Avenue toward the waterfront. The designer purse contained the victim’s iPhone 13, makeup bag, card holder, and credit and debit cards — all in all worth more than $4,000.

Burglar in the backyard

Police arrested a man they say was trying to flee a home break-in on Cranberry Street on Sept. 30.

The victim said she heard noises inside her apartment near Hicks Street, which was supposed to be empty, at about 11pm and called the police. An officer noted that the front door was damaged — then spotted a man scaling the fence in the backyard. The alleged baddie was arrested in possession of several items from the apartment including various charger cables, a vaccine card, Macbook laptop, credit card, and a watch. 

Restaurants broken into

A pair of Old Fulton Street restaurants were broken into in separate incidents on the night of Sept. 28.

The owners of two restaurants — 7 Old Fulton and Fulton Burger, both between Water and Front streets — found the front doors of their restaurants shattered and items missing from inside. Police said security cameras at Fulton Burger captured two men yanking open the front door at about 4:30am and stealing cash from the register and from a wall safe, which was damaged in the process, and then fleeing. Just a few minutes later, the cameras at 7 Old Fulton picked up a pair of thieves breaking in to steal cash. 

The pilferers also stole a bookbag from Fulton Burger and caused a several hundred dollars in damage at both establishments.

Subway pickpocket

A sneak stole a woman’s phone as she waited for her train at the Bergen Street subway station on Sept. 27.

The victim told police she was standing on the platform near the corner of Bergen Street at 7:10am waiting for her train when the pickpocket grabbed her Samsung smart phone out of her purse and hopped into a train that had just arrived in the station. After the train zoomed out of the station, the woman tried to call her phone, but it had already been turned off.

Camera-stealing crook

Some crook stole a host of pricey cameras from an Albee Square department store on Sept. 30. 

Cops said employees watched the baddie enter the store near Fulton Street at around 5pm, grab a suitcase from the sales floor, and head to the technology department, where he used an unknown tool to get a glass display case open — damaging the case in the process. The sneaky bandit then filled the suitcase with Fujifilm, Polaroid, and Action cameras — pricey pieces of gear worth more than $3,000 altogether — and slipped out without paying.