Burglar nabbed in Manhattan Beach

61st Precinct

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Burglar grab

Cops arrested a 52-year-old who they say was trying to break into a home on Oriental Boulevard on Dec. 14.

Witnesses to the break-in say they saw the suspect trying to force open the basement door to a home near Dover Street at 12:35 am.

Highway wig out

A 24-year-old was taken into custody for going crazy inside a Kings Highway grocery on Dec. 16 — a terrible tantrum that began when he attacked a store employee.

Workers at the store near Ocean Avenue said that the thug entered at 12:50 am and, after a few harsh words, punched an employee in the face.

The suspect then pulled several beer bottles from store shelves and smashed them on the floor, witnesses told police, who arrested the him a short time later.

Purse grabber grabbed

Police pinched a pill-popping purse snatcher who they say jumped a woman on Kings Highway on Dec. 14.

The victim was nearing E. Ninth Street at 12:30 pm when she said the 18-year-old suspect yanked the purse off her shoulder as he ran by.

Responding officers caught the thief within a few minutes after he was seen popping Xanax pills on Avenue R and E. Ninth Street, prosecutors said.

Guns recovered

Police arrested an Avenue X man who they say had several handguns inside both his apartment and hidden in the building’s basement where the trash compactor was kept on Dec. 13.

Witnesses told police that the suspect, who lives near Batchelder Street, reportedly had three guns and a rifle in the apartment, then allegedly moved the firearms to the basement later in the day.

Mail menace

Cops are looking for the goon who robbed the Mail Drop on Avenue U on Nov. 18.

Police said that surveillance footage shows that the hooded suspect entered the store near E. 12th Street at 11 am, vaulted over the counter, and put a gun to the employee’s head. The suspect fled after emptying the register.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward. Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hot line at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

— Thomas Tracy

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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