Crime story of the week! Homeland Security car burglarized

84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Homeland insecurity

A ballsy bandit hit the jackpot when he stole phones, navigation units and other spy gadgets from a Department of Homeland Security sedan on Warren Street on July 28.

The 49-year-old agent told cops he parked near Smith Street at 10 pm. When he returned early the next morning, a passenger-side window was smashed and a cluster of technology was gone.

The lucky thief made off with an encrypted cellphone, satellite phone, digital camera, papers and more.

Pawn off

A crook stole a wallet off a table inside a Schermerhorn Street pawn shop on July 25.

The 39-year-old victim told cops that he left his billfold on a counter at the store at Flatbush Avenue Extension at 9:35 am. Within five minutes, a middle-aged stranger grabbed it and ran out the door.

Safe hands

A thief swiped more than $1,000 from an open safe in an Atlantic Avenue community center on July 25.

The 50-year-old victim told police that she left her office near Nevins Street at 9:30 am. She was gone for 20 minutes, enough time for a bandit to grab the cash.


An unscrupulous student stole a gold chain and MacBook from a classmate’s Livingston Street dorm on July 24.

The 20-year-old victim told cops that he left his room near Court Street at 9 pm, but his roommate stuck around. When the victim returned three hours later, his crucifix necklace, laptop, and Xbox were gone.

Laptops of luxury

A thief snatched two laptops from a Bridge Street office on July 28.

A duo of workers told cops that they left two MacBook Pros on a desk at the store near Fulton Street at 5:40 pm. When the women returned 10 minutes later, the tech tools were gone.

Phoned in

A sneaky thief grabbed a straphanger’s iPhone on a Coney Island-bound F train on July 28.

The 26-year-old Apple fan told cops that it was 12:50 am when the train stopped at York Street. Just as the doors opened, a grifter swiped the mobile and fled.


A devious jogger snatched an iPhone from a woman on Henry Street on July 29.

The victim resident told cops that she was near State Street at 1:20 pm when a thief ran by and grabbed her mobile.

Call collect

A stranger purloined a cellphone clipped to a man’s belt on Fulton Street on July 26.

The 41-year-old victim told cops he was near Bridge Street at 11:20 am when a thief yanked his mobile from his belt and fled.

Off the hook

Another thief snatched a phone from a man on Willoughby Street on July 22.

The 19-year-old Maryland resident told police that he was near Jay Street at 2 pm when some jerk grabbed his BlackBerry and dashed.

Touch and go

A crooked commuter stole a man’s MP3 player from a Manhattan-bound A train on July 28.

The 34-year-old victim told cops he was playing with his Zune HD Touch at 4:30 pm when the train stopped at High Street. That’s when a teen thief grabbed his device and ran.

Due credit

Three men robbed a man of his wallet on Pacific Street on July 30 — but were arrested after using their victim’s credit card at a moviehouse.

The 30-year-old victim told police he was near Fourth Avenue at 12:30 am when one of the robbers demanded, “Give me your wallet!” and clenched a fist.

“We need your phone too,” another thief chimed in. “Don’t run, don’t scream!”

The man promptly handed over his property and the jerks fled.

Cops arrested two adult and one juvenile suspects later — and recovered the victim’s iPhone and billfold.

Fashion victim

A thief entered an Atlantic Avenue boutique on July 29 and took a shopkeeper hostage with a boxcutter to steal more than $1,000 worth of dresses.

The 27-year-old employee told cops the man entered the store near Hoyt Street at 6:20 pm and said he was waiting for his wife. Within minutes, he brandished a knife and demanded cash.

The woman said, “There’s no money,” but the crook snatched her cellphone and pushed her into the back room. He snatched the clothes and fled.

Mobile groan

A stranger bullied a woman into handing over her iPhone on Flatbush Avenue on July 27.

The 35-year-old victim told cops she was near Willoughby Street at 11:40 pm when the punk tried to pry the mobile from her fingers. She said she didn’t let go until he yelled, “Let go, b—tch!”

Wheel ticket

Someone stole a 1998 Honda Accord on Atlantic Avenue on July 26.

The 47-year-old New Jersey victim told cops that he parked near Third Avenue at 12:30 pm. When he returned an hour later, his ride was gone.

Two-wheel steal

A thief stole a motorcycle from Jay Street on July 27.

The 36-year-old victim told cops he parked near Johnson Street at 2:40 pm for only a few minutes. When he returned, his $15,000 Yamaha bike was gone.

A witness said two thieves loaded the cycle into a red minivan and fled.

Cleaned out

A burglar stole $70 from a Montague Street dry cleaners on July 26.

The shopkeeper told cops that he opened his shop near Henry Street at 8 am to discover that his front window was smashed and the cash register was open.

His security camera showed a middle-aged thief stealing the cash at about 4:15 am.


A bandit broke into a Joralemon Street deli on July 30 and took $1,300 from the cash register.

An employee told cops that a perp busted open the roll-down gate at the bodega near Clinton Street at 4:02 am. he stealthy burglar also disabled the shop’s alarm before running off with the cash.

Cash out

A female cat burglar stole $100 from an Atlantic Avenue apartment on July 18 — but wasn’t on the prowl too long.

The 65-year-old victim told cops he left his digs near Third Avenue at 1:30 pm to visit a neighbor. When came home an hour later, he was missing $100.

Police later arrested a 35-year-old suspect.

— Kate Briquelet