Burned! Gun-toting thug robs tanning salon, police say

61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest—
Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Still open

A gun-wielding thug robbed an Avenue U tanning salon on Aug. 29, taking $450 from the register.

The victim told police that she was outside, locking the door of her salon between E. 27th and E. 28th streets at 10:28 pm, when the thug patted his sweatshirt pocket — menacingly.

“I’ve got a gun. Go into the register, give me all the money, or I’ll shoot you,” he snarled, before ushering the store employee back into the salon, where she handed him the envelope containing cash, cops said.

Shove and snatch

A crook shoved a woman and snatched her cellphone on E. 12th Street on Aug. 28.

The victim told police that she was between Avenues R and S at 7 pm when the thug shoved her and grabbed the phone from her hand.

Big haul

A crook burglarized a man’s E. 22nd Street apartment on Aug. 29, taking $5,000 in cash, plus jewelry.

The victim told police that he left his home between Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue W at 11 am, and returned at 3:30 pm to find his kitchen window had been opened and that the screen covering it was lying on his floor.

The crook hit two spots in the victim’s home: downstairs, he pried open a safe containing $5,000, then went into the victim’s bedroom and snagged a $2,000 gold bracelet, cops said.

Well-heeled crook

A shoe thief ransacked a woman’s Emmons Avenue apartment on Aug. 22.

The victim told police that she left her group home between Ford and Coyle streets at 11 am. When she returned, she found that her door had been forced open and that some crook had walked off with eight pairs of her shoes.

The big whizz

A knife-wielding brute cut a man while he was taking a whizz on McDonald Avenue on Aug. 26.

The victim told police that he had recently left the Cave Lounge nightclub between Village Road North and Gravesend Neck Road at 4:10 am, and was relieving himself on the sidewalk when the thug came up from behind and cut the victim down the left side of his face.

The crook fled in a white vehicle, and the victim told police at a nearby hospital that he had no idea who his attacker was.

Catching heat

A 53-year-old man was arrested for throwing everything but the kitchen sink at a man inside his E. 15th Street apartment on Aug. 25.

The victim told police that he was arguing with the suspect inside his home between Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue X on Aug. 25, when the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife and hurled it at the victim. The suspect then took a knife in one hand and a fork in the other as he tried to stab the victim, before throwing a fan at him. Once the victim escaped his own home, he ran straight to the 61st Precinct, cops said.

Broomstick beat down

A 32-year-old man beat another man with a broomstick on Avenue U on Aug. 20.

The victim told police that he was between E. Seventh and E. Eighth streets at 12:53 am when the suspect appeared out of nowhere and struck him across the back with a broomstick.

Roll out

A crook rolled off with a woman’s car she’d parked in her E. 24th Street driveway on Aug. 26.

The victim told police that she had parked her 2008 Nissan Altima between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue at 9 pm, and returned the next morning to find her vehicle gone.

— Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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