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Chisel-wielding thief takes jewelry from 78th Street home • Brooklyn Paper

Chisel-wielding thief takes jewelry from 78th Street home

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Split without a trace

A thief swiped more than an estimated $20,000 worth of jewelry from a 78th Street home on Dec. 18.

The victim told police he and his mother were out of the apartment between Fourth and Fifth avenues from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm, when the mother returned to the apartment to find the top lock of the front door unlocked.

There was no damage to the door or windows, according to the report, and police are not sure how the crook entered the apartment — although the trespasser did leave behind a chisel that was probably used to pry open the locked drawer that contained the jewels.

Police swabbed the chisel and the foot of the bed for evidence, which they are investigating.

Gifted a crook

A lying lout swindled a 66-year-old man out of $1,500 on Dec. 19 by pretending to be a lawyer, the man reported at the 68th Precinct.

The crook called the man at around noon claiming that he was a lawyer and that the man’s godson needed bail money. So the man sent the thief $1,500 in Target gift cards, but when he called his godson, he found out he was not in jail and that the call was a scam.

Cashed and crashed

A thief stole $550 from a Fifth Avenue car dealership on Dec. 20 and crashed a car into two others in the lot.

The perp — who was possibly an ex-employer of the business, according to the report — broke into the rear of the building between 65th and 66th streets at sometime between 10:30 pm and 11 pm, according to the report.

Police also said the perp was captured on video inside the dealership with a tool in hand, and grabbed the cash from various locations inside. He also used one of the dealership’s cars, which he crashed into two other vehicles in the lot, police said.

— Julianne McShane

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