Ambush + Flatbush = Flatbushed!

78th Precinct

Park Slope


Thieves ambushed a woman on Flatbush Avenue on Nov. 10 — but got only clothes.

The 55-year-old victim said she was between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue at around 7:30 pm when three men approached from behind, and one grabbed her purse.

The trio of thugs got away only to discover that the handbag contained only clothes, valued at $0 by police.

Inside job

A brazen thief took cash from a 14th Street apartment on Nov. 11, striking while the resident was in the next room.

The victim told cops that he was in his office inside the apartment between Third and Fourth avenues at around 9:30 pm when he heard someone inside the unit.

He went to investigate, but the man exited through the front door, $80 in ill-gotten funds in his possession.

Lowes down

A thief swiped a woman’s wallet on 15th Street on Nov. 13 — but he picked the wrong victim: the sister of a cop.

The woman said she was between Third and Fourth avenues at around 12:25 pm when she stopped to tie her infant nephew’s shoe.

For some reason, she put her wallet on a ledge while she executed the delicate act. That’s when the perp moved in, swiping the wallet and running towards the Gowanus Canal.

The woman called her brother, an off-duty cop, who said he later caught up with the perp in the Lowes parking lot on Second Avenue.

Spirit willing

A fumbling purse-snatcher scared a woman on Warren Street on Nov. 6, but didn’t get away with the goods.

The victim said she was at Fourth Avenue at around 7:50 pm when the would-be thief snatched her purse.

But he quickly dropped it as he fled, ending this story at Victim 1, Perp 0.

Can you rob me now?

Thieves busted into a Verizon truck on Third Street to swipe that most precious of non-precious metals: copper!

In the latest incident in Brooklyn’s ongoing war against thieves of the new gold, a Verizon driver told cops that he parked the truck in the company’s lot between Third and Fourth avenues at around 6 pm on Nov. 5. Two days later, the truck was discovered with a broken back lock and $300 in copper missing.

Power outage

A thief swiped a generator from a 12th Street sidewalk on Nov. 9.

The victim said that he put the $2,000 Honda machine in front of his building near Prospect Park West at around 2:45 pm, but it was gone by 4:10 pm.

Cash carry

A thief got close to $10,000 and plenty of high-tech goodies after breaking into a Carroll Street home overnight on Nov. 8.

The victim told cops that she left the house, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, at around 7:30 pm, and returned just after midnight to find that a thief had entered through a window.

Closer inspection revealed that he had taken $9,000, assorted jewelry plus three computers and a digital camera.

— Gersh Kuntzman