Fort Greene–Clinton Hill
A case of beer fear
Authorities arrested a 34-year-old who they say stole beer from a Classon Avenue deli after threatening the clerk with a gun wrapped in a purple bandana on June 12.
The deli worker told cops he was in the store between Putnam and Gates avenues at 7:45 am when the accused came in and placed the festively adorned weapon on the counter. The suspect then ambled over to the refrigerator, grabbed three beers, and left without paying, according to a police report.
Cops responded to a call from the clerk and found the accused outside the store, the report says. Police arrested the fellow after they searched him and found a stolen Beretta from Saint Louis, Missouri wrapped in a bandana tucked into his front pocket, according to officials.
Apple orchard raided
A bandit stole 35 electronic tablets from the basement of a Park Avenue school sometime between April 1 and June 10, cops said.
An employee at the establishment between N. Portland Avenue and N. Oxford Street reported that the devices were put in the basement at 8 am on April 1 and that when he went to check on them at 8:45 am on June 10, they were gone.
The school said the tablets were worth $13,405, according to a police report. Three people have access to the basement room, but three sets of keys for that room are also missing, the report says.
Cops cuffed two teens who they say snatched a phone out of a woman’s hand on DeKalb Avenue on June 10.
The unlucky lady told cops she was between S. Oxford and Cumberland streets at 8:48 pm when the suspects ran up and tried to grab the device. The adolescents wrenched the device from her hand, then ran on DeKalb to Carlton Avenue and into a building on Carlton between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, cops said.
Officers cuffed the 16- and 17-year-olds two days later on the corner of Willoughby and Carlton avenues, a police report relates.
A 51-year-old was arrested for his supposed part in robbing and pistol-whipping a man in his own Whitman Houses apartment on June 13, cops said.
The 32-year-old victim said three guys came in his apartment on N. Oxford Walk between Myrtle and Park avenues at 3:35 pm. One of the fellows whacked him in the face with a handgun, and the others took $1,100 from his pockets, officers reported.
Police arrested a 31-year-old man after they say a card game went wrong inside the Ingersoll Houses on June 11.
The accused was drinking and playing cards in the building on Navy Walk between Myrtle and Park avenues at 2 am, according to a police report.
He asked a 30-year-old man who got up to leave if he had a problem with him, then abruptly punched the guy in his ribs, the report states.
Cops took a 36-year-old man into custody after he allegedly attacked an Administration for Children Services worker who was conducting a routine home visit inside the Whitman Houses on June 13.
The 59-year-old case worker told police she was conducting her regular visit at the apartment on Cumberland Walk between Murtle and Park avenues at 5:15 pm, when the man grabbed her around the neck with both hands and started throttling her.
Authorities arrived, took the case worker to Brooklyn Hospital Center, and arrested the suspect, according to a police report.
Police picked up a 56-year-old man who they say was sneaking around a building on Carlton Avenue on June 9.
A 48-year-old resident of the building between Greene and Lafayette avenues related that she heard someone come in at 2:05 am, and went to check it out, cops said.
She saw the suspect creeping around on the second floor and, when he noticed her watching, he got scared and ran outside, according to police. Cops arrested the accused a few minutes later in front of the building, the report says.
A menace snagged a woman’s phone out of her hand while she sat in Fort Greene Park on June 9, law enforcement officials said.
The victim told cops she was sitting near the entrance to the park on Washington Park and Willoughby Avenue at 6:30 pm when the bandit grabbed her phone and scrammed towards Myrtle Avenue.
CitiBike joy ride
Cops cuffed a 15-year-old who they say stole a bike from a CitiBike station on S. Portland Avenue on June 9.
The officer reportedly saw the kid dislodge the bike from its docking station near Hanson Place at 10 pm.
When the cop tried to stop him, the youngster took off on the ride, the report says. Cops caught the teen a half block away on S. Portland Avenue, police said.
Two women reported their purses stolen from the same Lafayette Avenue restaurant on June 12.
The first lady, a 26-year-old, told police she was in the restaurant between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street at 8 pm. She left her purse on a chair while she used the bathroom and when she returned the pocketbook had vanished, officers stated. The bag contained $1,090 in cash, a credit card, and her paycheck, according to a police report.
The second mark, a 33-year-old, said she sat down to eat at the restaurant at 7:15 pm, and left her handbag dangling from the back of her seat. When she stood up to pay the bill at 9 pm, she noticed the bag missing, according to the authorities. She told police it contained $140 in cash, a cellphone, a book, and credit cards.
Not so slick
Cops cuffed a 15-year-old who they say tried to steal some sneakers from another teen on Gates Avenue on June 14.
The 14-year-old victim said he was at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue at 4 pm when the suspect grabbed the sneakers out of his hands and took off running.
Cops caught the youth when he tripped and fell between Flushing and Park avenues, according to a police report.
— Matthew Perlman