Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown
Repeat robber hits grocery store
A repeat robber allegedly stole from a Gold Street grocery store once again on Jan. 5.
The victims told police the thief walked into the Trader Joe’s near Willoughby Street at 4:25pm and shoved bags of frozen shrimp and packs of frozen salmon into his bags, then headed for the exit without paying. He didn’t get far, though, and was arrested near the store. According to police, the alleged bandit is well-known to the Trader Joe’s employees for thievery, and is banned from the store.
Smoke shop shoplifters
A couple of jerks stole from an Atlantic Avenue smoke shop on Jan. 4.
Police said the trio of creeps entered the store near Bond Street at about 3:40pm and headed behind the counter, where one started a physical fight with an employee. While the two struggled, the other perps filled their pockets with cash and goods from behind the counter — until one simulated a gun in his pocket and said “Let him go or I’ll shoot you” to the employee.
The jerks left the store and ran down Atlantic Avenue toward Nevins Street.
Pizza shop purloiner
Some creep broke into an Atlantic Avenue pizza shop in the wee hours of Jan. 5.
Just before 6pm, an unknown knave broke the glass in the front door of Table 87 near Henry Street, police said. They slipped inside, and found a locked safe. They managed to break into the safe and steal $3,5000 in cash before fleeing back out the way they came.
Day care thief
A sneak broke into a Hoyt Street daycare while it was closed for the holidays sometime between Dec. 18 and Jan. 2.
Cops said the facility’s owners locked the building near Livingston Street up tight on Dec. 18 to prep for a long holiday break. When they returned for the new year, they discovered someone had broken in through the main door and stolen gift cards, a guitar, a lunchbox, and thermometers — worth nearly $900 in total.