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Brutal bandits beat employee, rob store • Brooklyn Paper

Brutal bandits beat employee, rob store

90th Precinct

Southside–Bushwick

No angels

A gang of violent thugs walked into Angel’s Food Market on Lorimer Street on July 22 — and walked out with about $800.

An employee at the store near Ten Eyck Street told police that the men came up to the counter at 4:30 pm and attacked her with a hammer. She sustained multiple lacerations to the face and a head injury, and she lost consciousness.

When she awoke, the men were gone and the cash had been taken from the register, she told police. The store had no surveillance video and no arrests have been made.

Silent thieves

Two sneaky bandits opened a man’s backpack — and stole its contents — on Bushwick Avenue on July 20.

The 22-year-old victim told police he was wearing headphones and was near Borinquen Plaza at midnight when he felt a push on his back. When he turned around, several items fell out of his backpack and two men grabbed the goods and ran.

The victim chased the robbers, but they got away.

Ill-gotten goods

Police arrested two women who they say tried to steal items from a clothing store on Graham Avenue on July 21 — and attacked employees who confronted them.

Employees at Shopper’s World at Varet Street told police the two women entered at 12:15 pm. One woman put 43 items into her bag and tried to leave the store without paying for them. When three employees tried to stop the women, they attacked them, punching and slapping them multiple times.

One of the employees sustained swelling to the side of her head and required treatment. Both of the women were charged with robbery.

Pistol-whipped

A group of five men were surrounded and robbed by three pistol-packing teens near the Marcy Avenue subway stop on July 20, police said.

The men told police they were between Rodney and S. Fifth streets at 1 am when the gunmen surrounded them and took their property from their pockets.

Two of the teenagers were arrested and a wallet containing $158 and ID was recovered, police said.

A likely story

A 51-year-old man told police that he was the victim of a home invasion robbery at his Moore Street apartment on July 19, but later admitted that he had stolen from his roommate and created the invasion story up as a cover-up, officials said.

The man originally told police that he was returning to his apartment near Manhattan Avenue at 10:10 pm when he was approached by three hooded men, who commanded him to open his door. He said the thugs then pushed their way in, showing him a gun, and took $3,000 from a metal box in a hallway closet. The money, the man told police, belonged to his cousin, who was not home at the time.

But, police said, a few days later, the man relented and told them that there was no home invasion, and that he was the one who took the money. He was charged with grand larceny.

Bike-by

A friendly bike-riding robber snatched a woman’s purse off of her shoulder on Bogart Street on July 19.

The 20-year-old victim told police she was near Harrison Place at 9 pm when a man rode up on a medium-sized, dark-colored bicycle, said “Hi,” and ripped the purse right off of her shoulder.

The pocketbook contained her Boost mobile phone, $150 in cash, debit card, Metrocard, and wallet.

— Danielle Furfaro

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