Cops: Would-be burglar scared off

61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest—
Manhattan Beach—Gravesend


A thief attempted to burglarize a man’s E. 29th Street home on July 27 — but fled empty-handed after setting off an alarm system on the premises.

The victim rushed back to his home between Avenues R and S after receiving a call from his security provider at 2:19 pm, informing him there was a burglary in progress at his home. When he made it back, he found that his rear door was kicked in, but that the rest of his property was undisturbed. Surveillance footage showed that the thief was scared off by the alarm, which kicked in after he knocked the door down, cops said.

Laptops lost

A crook burglarized a woman’s E. Eighth Street home on July 24, taking two laptops.

The victim told police that she left her home between Quentin Road and Avenue R at 2:40 pm, and returned later to find her computers missing, in addition to a pair of headphones.

Pants perp

A knife-wielding thug attempted to steal a man’s pants on Avenue U on July 29, but fled empty-handed.

The victim told police that he was between E. 16th and E. 17th streets at 3:20 pm when the thug approached and drew a knife.

“Where the jeans at?” the crook snarled, but ended up fleeing without disrobing his victim, cops said.

Waistband robbery

A thief robbed a man on E. First Street on July 21 — taking his cellphone and wallet.

The victim told police that he was near Avenue X at 4:30 am when the crook approached and demanded his cellphone. The victim refused, at first, but then the goon pointed to his waistband — as though he were packing heat — and the victim relented, giving up his phone and wallet, cops said.

Car crook

A crook drove off with a man’s car that was parked along Batchelder Street on July 27.

The victim told police that he parked his 2005 Cadillac SRX near Avenue W at 11:15 am, and returned to find an empty spot. No broken glass or tire marks were found, cops said.

Smooth criminal

A slick thief burglarized a woman’s Quentin Road home on July 23, taking several items of jewelry.

The victim told police that she had left her home between E. 29th Street and Nostrand Avenue to run some errands at noon, and returned at 5 pm to find a screen window open, and her kitchen door unlocked.

However, the victim didn’t think much of it, and went to her bedroom to tidy up, where she discovered that three rings, three bracelets, two necklaces, four earrings, and a set of coins were missing, cops said.


Two goons attacked and robbed a man of $38 on Kings Highway on July 27.

The victim told police that he was between E. 14th and E. 15th streets at 12:30 am when the crooks jumped him, wrestling with the victim before taking the cash and fleeing in opposite directions.

Rent dispute

A 28-year-old man was arrested for attacking his landlord with a knife inside an Avenue Z apartment building on July 26.

The victim told police that he was inside his building between Homecrest Avenue and E. 12th Street at 1:53 am, where he was arguing with a tenant over rent money owed. Suddenly, the suspect drew a knife and slashed at the victim, cutting his left pinky, cops said.

Missing Benz

A crook nabbed a woman’s very fine Mercedes Benz that she left along West Street on July 18.

The victim told police that she left her 2007 Mercedes Benz S-Class between E. 21st and E. 22nd streets at 6 pm, and returned later to find it missing. She later told police that she’d forgotten to lock her car, cops said.

— Colin Mixson

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

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