Home no fortress
Burglars raided a President Street apartment on Jan. 26 and stole a bevy of electronics.
The 34-year-old resident told police that she was not at the home, which is between Smith and Hoyt streets, from 1 am to 10:40 pm. When she returned, she discovered that her front door was unlocked, and two laptops, a radio, a camera and computer accessories were gone.
A burglar broke into a Union Street apartment and stole $7,700 from a poorly working safe.
The 31-year-old resident of the building between Henry and Clinton streets said he left his abode at 3 pm on Jan. 29 and came home 3:50 pm on Feb. 2. He detected no forced entry into the apartment, but the vault-buster had cracked open the hiding place of all that cold hard cash.
Two nearby apartments were burglarized with similar circumstances on Huntington and Smith streets on Jan. 30.
In the first case, a thief jimmied open an apartment window on the fire escape of a Smith Street dwelling and stole some swell gadgets.
The victim, 24, told police she was not home from 8 pm to 3 am the next day. To her horror, she found that the window pane had been knocked onto the floor and that her entire living quarters had been ransacked. She told police the villain took her Mac laptop and iPod from the building between Huntington and West Ninth streets.
The other remarkably similar incident occurred with an intruder climbing through a fire escape window into an apartment on Huntington Street that same night.
A woman had left at 6 pm and returned at midnight to a comparable scene of disorder and an open window by the emergency exit. A 14-karat necklace and gold-link bracelet were taken.
A late-night fare turned dangerous for a livery cab driver in Red Hook on Jan. 31.
The driver picked up a man and woman in Sunset Park who asked to be dropped off on Lorraine Street at 3:50 am. As they neared the destination, the male passenger whipped out a knife and pressed the blade to the cabbie’s neck, demanding his money.
The driver said he lost $1,700, and the couple burst out of the car at the corner of Henry and Bay streets.
— Mike McLaughlin