Burglar busted in botched break-in

Burglar nab

A 19-year-old thief was arrested on Aug. 5 after he and an accomplice tried to break into a Flatlands Avenue home.

Police said the suspect was spotted trying to pry open a back window to the house, which is located between East 101st and East 102nd streets, at 1:35 pm.

A witness said the thief and his partner never got the window opened, but were successful in unchaining two bikes found in their victim’s backyard.

When the witness intervened, the suspect and his pall threatened to beat him up, then ran off, only to be apprehended by police.

Hand slice

Cops were called to a home on East 85th Street on Aug. 4 after a woman attacked a male friend with a knife.

The victim said he was inside the apartment, which is between Avenues K and L, with the 48-year-old woman when she grabbed a kitchen knife and lashed out in a fit of anger.

Her victim suffered a cut wrist and finger as a result, said cops, who charged the woman with assault.

Boozin’ and weavin’

A motorist was arrested for drunk driving on Aug. 7 following a car accident on the Belt Parkway.

The would-be boozer was driving a 2001 Lincoln Towncar on the West-bound side, nearing Exit 13, when he swerved through traffic and slammed into a 2004 Honda Van.

Cops responded to the accident, placing the 27-year-old in custody after he appeared drunk.

Parkway shooting

A man was shot near the corner of Rockaway Parkway and Seaview Avenue on Aug. 1, although his injuries are not considered life threatening.

The victim told police he was nearing the corner at about 10 pm when an unidentified gunman opened fire and he was hit in the arm.

He ran to a nearby McDonald’s for assistance and was rushed to Brookdale Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward. Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Radio Shack steal

A crew of tunnel rats raided a local Radio Shack on July 22 after digging their way under the store, cops were told.

Police said the thieves drilled the locks to a store sidewalk cellar hatch, which is on Rockaway Parkway and Seaview Avenue, and went down into the basement.

Once they were underground, they drilled a 3-by-4-foot hole through a concrete wall into the store, taking an assortment of DVDs and flatscreen televisions, according to published reports.

Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.

Diamond swipe

A crafty crook made off with a pricey pair of diamond earrings after he switched the studs with cubic zirconiums, cops were told.

A worker at a Kings Plaza jewelry store, which is on Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue, believes the theft took place sometime after 9:30 am on July 19.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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