88th Precinct: Crime spree

88th precinct station house
88th precinct station house
Photo by Stefano Giovannini


Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Crime spree

Cops arrested a 16-year-old boy after he allegedly burglarized four businesses during a two-day crime spree in Fort Greene.

The owners of Hungry Ghost Coffee reported a break-in on Sep. 24 shortly after 6 a.m. when staff found cafe’s front window had been smashed and the cash register containing $2,000 was missing.

The neighboring business, Heavenly Market, also reported a break-in that same morning. Staff reported that the front left glass door had been smashed and $200 in cash had been taken from the cash register.

Two days later at 5:30 a.m, another nearby business, SmashBurger, reported that someone had thrown a brick through the front glass-door to gain entry to the fast-food restaurant. In this incidence, the perp left empty handed. Ya Ya Tea, located next door to Smash Burger, reported a similar break in at 6 a.m. that morning, in which the perp made off with an iPad and $400 in cash.

On Oct. 2, cops picked up a teen in connection with the four break-ins after identifying him on surveillance footage.

Can attack

A 52-year-old man suffered an eye injury after he was assaulted with a can in Clinton Hill on Sept. 19.

The victim told cops he was walking on Vanderbilt Avenue near 887 Fulton Street at around 2:30 p.m. when an unknown perp threw a can at his face, striking him in the right eye.

Cops say they are checking local cameras to identify the perp wanted in connection with the random attack.

Deliverista robbed

A food delivery rider had his e-bike and personal belongings stolen while making a drop-off in Fort Greene on Sep. 24.

The 30-year-old victim told cops that he left his e-bike running while delivering to an address near Fulton Street and Ashland Place, returning moments later to find his bike was missing. The man’s iPhone and his Senegalese passport were in a pouch on the bike and also stolen during the incident.

Eye-witnesses reported that a man in a red raincoat hopped on the bike and headed northbound on Ashland Place. Cops are still searching for the suspect.


Cops arrested a 25-year-old woman who allegedly rear-ended a man on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and stole his vehicle on Sep. 28.

According to the victim, he was driving westbound on the BQE between Vanderbilt and Clinton Avenue when his vehicle was rear-ended shortly after 7:30 p.m.

The man told cops he exited his vehicle and approached the suspect who he said was sleeping in her car. After knocking on the window, he said the suspect came to, and was disoriented. He said the woman exited her vehicle before driving off in his.

Cops tracked down and arrested a 25-year-old woman in connection with the incident later that evening.