84th Precinct: Not-so-sweet surprise

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


Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Not-so-sweet surprise

A pickpocket stole a straphanger’s phone as he boarded an R train in Downtown on May 18.

The 50-year-old told cops he was at the Jay Street subway station when he was approached by a man with a child selling candy. After refusing to purchase any, he claims the man followed him down to his platform where he again asked him to buy some candy.

As the train approached, he said the man bumped into him on his left side. Once aboard the train, the straphanger realized his cellphone was missing from his pocket.

Cops are said to be checking the station’s security cameras to identify the pickpocket.

Moped muggers

A 21-year-old woman was robbed of her belongings by two men riding a scooter in Dumbo on May 18.

According to the victim’s report to police, she was by the intersection of Adams Street and Front street just before 3 a.m. when the two men on a black scooter approached her and told her to hand over her bag.

When she refused, one of the men reached for something in his waistband causing her to fear for her life. She handed over her bag which contained an Apple watch, personal identification and her wallet.

The thieves fled the scene northbound on Adams Street, meeting up with a fellow moped rider who the victim said was watching the robbery from a distance.

Boutique staff booted

Cops arrested an alleged shoplifter who turned violent when staff at a Downtown boutique clothing store tried to apprehend her on May 17.

Staff at the store near Duffield Street and Fulton Street reported that the 28-year-old woman was attempting to leave the premises at 5 p.m. without paying for clothes worth $160. After confronting the woman, staff allege that she kicked and punched them several times.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested the woman in connection with the robbery that began as shoplifting.