88th Precinct: Doggone thief

88th precinct station house
Photo by Stefano Giovannini


Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Doggone thief

An angry dog owner allegedly assaulted a stranger and stole his belongings on Greene Avenue on Oct. 17. 

It was 8:15am when the victim saw a loose dog scaring a woman and her children near Classon Avenue, police said. He yelled at the dog’s owner to leash her dog — and the assailant allegedly started punching him in the head in response. Her dog bit the victim, and, when he tried to pull out his phone to record the incident, she grabbed it and fled back into her apartment.

Cops arrested the suspect on the scene.

Stealing from a straphanger

Some jerk robbed a commuter on Lafayette Avene on Oct. 16.

Police said the bandit chatted with the victim on the subway, then followed him out of the train and up the stairs at the Classon Avenue subway station at about 5:30am. As they climbed, the attacker grabbed the victim by the neck and choked him until he lost consciousness and fell to the floor. When he woke up, he found his attacker had stolen his iPhone 10 and wallet with cash, cards, and his keys. 

Traveling housebreaker

A housebreaker stole some valuable items from a Vanderbilt Avenue home between Oct. 15 and 17.

The victim told police he locked up his near Myrtle Avenue as he headed out at about 8:30am on Oct. 15. Exactly 48 hours later, he returned home and found his front window broken and the front door damaged. At some point, someone had busted in the front window, slipped into the apartment, pocketed his passport, iPad, and a metal sewing box, and slipped out through the basement door.

Crosswalk purse snatcher

A purse-snatcher grabbed a woman’s belongings on Lafayette Street on Oct. 17.

Police said the victim was waiting for the light to change at Ashland Place when the creep came out of nowhere and grabbed her J. Crew purse from her bicycle and took of toward Hanson Place. The purse held the victim’s credit cards, license, and car and house keys.