Brutal beating on 12th Street

78th Precinct

Park Slope

12th timer

A thug beat up a man and stole his wallet on 12th Street after he left Prospect Park on Aug. 5.

The victim told cops that he had just exited the park at around 10:55 pm when a thief came up from behind, threw him to the ground, and grabbed the billfold, which contained cash and cards.

The attack came, ironically, after the Ra Ra Riot concert at the band shell.

Text addict

A thief swiped the fancy iPhone right out of a man’s hand on Seventh Avenue on Aug. 5.

The victim told cops that he had just picked up food from Vegetarian Palate on Flatbush Avenue and was texting on the smartphone as he headed back to his prime Slope home at around 10 pm.

That’s when the thief ran up from behind and snatched the Apple device.

Police say — and crime stats confirm — that the surest way to lose an iPhone is to be texting on it while you are walking.

Bike bandit

A thief swiped a fancy mountain bike after clipping the lock in front of a 14th Street house on Aug. 4 — but he didn’t get far before he was collared, cops said.

A witness, who was housesitting on the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues, saw the thief cut the lock at around 10 pm — and swooped in to prevent the bandit’s escape.

Cops quickly arrived and locked up the suspect.

Warren losers

Thieves destroyed any sense of calm inside a Warren Street building last week, breaking into two units in separate attacks.

In the first case, a thief broke through the front door of the building, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, between 6 am and 4:30 pm on Aug. 4. The resident said she lost a laptop computer.

The front door was apparently still broken two days later, when a thug swiped nearly $30,000 in shirts, shoes, jewelry and other vestments from a different apartment.

The clotheshorse tenant said that she was not in the building between 8 pm and 10 pm.

Burg report

There were at least three other burglaries last week:

• A thief nabbed a laptop and a digital camera from a Second Street apartment on Aug. 3. The resident of the unit, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, said she was not home between 9 am and 7:45 pm.

• A home on fancy Montgomery Place was burglarized for a flat-screen TV and a speaker system overnight on Aug. 1. The resident of the house, which is between Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue told cops that the front door of the building was unlocked, allowing the thief access between 11 pm and 8:30 am.

• A thief who may know a building handyman stole $5,000 in jewelry from a Sixth Avenue apartment on July 21. The resident told cops that she left the house at 10 am that say, leaving a craftsman to do some work. When she returned at 5 pm, she discovered the missing jewels — and told cops that the thief must be the handyman’s girlfriend.


A thief stole all four wheels off a Mazda on Seventh Street last week.

The car’s owner told cops that he’d parked between Fifth and Sixth avenues at 6 pm on Aug. 3 and returned to the spot two days later to find only hubs where the wheels had been.

A crime like that will cost the victim close to $3,000.

Car caper

A thief broke into a car on 12th Street overnight on Aug. 1 to steal a phone and a navigation system.

The victim said she had parked between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 10 pm, but returned the next morning at 9:45 to find the missing equipment.

— Gersh Kuntzman