A pugilistic punk is beating and robbing people of bicycles near Galapo Playground, according to police reports.
• First, the pilferer punched a guy in the face and took his $450 Cannondale on Avenue V and E. 22nd Street at about 6:40 pm on Aug. 30, cops said. A good Samaritan intervened and recovered the bike, but the brute fled down Avenue V toward Canarsie, officials said.
• The next day, someone slapped a sap in the face and ripped off his gray mountain bike on the corner of Avenue V and E. 23rd Street at 6:45 pm, police said.
Knife to meet you
A stranger with a blade went through a woman’s pockets and stole a phone and $25 on Avenue V on Aug. 30.
The knife-wielding knave accosted the victim near Batchelder Street at 1:30 pm, flashing the weapon and commanding the mark to “Give me what you got,” according to a police report. She refused, so the purloiner took the loot straight from her pockets, officials said.
Jump the gun
A crook claiming to be packing heat robbed an Avenue U pharmacy on Sept. 4.
The robber burst into the store near Nostrand Avenue at about 10:43 am and shouted, “Open the register and give me all the money If you don’t, I will put a bullet in your head,” according to a police report. The rogue never showed the weapon, but the clerk complied and forked over $833.72 before the thief fled, police said.
A sneak stole a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle from a garage near E. 13th Street and Avenue T on Sept. 2.
The victim noticed the bike missing at about 2 pm, police said. He was not sure whether he locked the garage, and it did not look like the burglar forced his way in, police reports state.
— Max Jaeger