Crook steals iPhone — shatters it during his getaway

78th Precinct

Park Slope

Train bandit

A clumsy thief jacked an iPhone from a straphanger on the 4 train on Nov. 1 — but managed to break the costly piece of electronics during his getaway.

The 31-year-old victim told cops she was sitting on the train at the Atlantic Avenue subway stop at 5:30 pm when the thief snatched her phone right out of her hand.

But the clumsy perp dropped the phone outside the train station on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, leaving remnants of the shattered device behind as he dashed out of the station.

Mean street

A thug snatched an iPhone from a man on Dean Street on Nov. 2.

The jerk approached the 21-year-old victim at 1:00 am and ordered him to hand over the device.

“Get off that phone, don’t make me sock you,” the perp demanded, according to police reports.

The crook then punched the man in the face, snatched the phone, and fled.


A perp stole a black Chevrolet parked in the lot of an Atlantic Avenue supermarket on Oct. 29.

The 40-year-old victim told cops he left his ride in the lot at 4 pm and returned to find the vehicle missing.

He said that surveillance tapes showed someone driving his car out of the lot, which is on Fort Greene Place.

Man beaters

Two jerks battered a man on the corner of Prospect Park West and 13th Street on Oct. 31.

The 27-year-old victim told cops that the perps approached him from behind at 12:15 am, struck him with a stick, and then fled off into Prospect Park.

Trick and no treat

A sneaky thief swiped a purse from inside an apartment on Dean Street on Oct. 31.

The 40-year-old victim told cops that she was trick-or-treating with her children inside her friend’s apartment building at 6 pm when she realized that she forgot something inside her pal’s apartment. She put her purse down in the hallway, and when she returned the purse was gone.

Whoever took off with the handbag escaped with the victim’s iPhone 5, Blackberry, $100, and credit cards.

Purse cursed

A thief swiped a wallet from a woman’s purse inside a chain store on Atlantic Avenue on Nov. 1.

The 31-year-old victim told cops that the perp snatched her wallet from a handbag hanging off her child’s stroller at 1:00 pm.

The crook then allegedly used the credit cards inside the wallet to shop at a Marshall’s, investigators said.

Sly swipers

Two jerks snatched a purse from inside a Seventh Street bar on Nov. 4.

The 29-year-old victim told cops that she was out with friends when she set her purse down on a chair and walked away at 10:55 pm. When she came back it was gone.

The crooks made off with the purse containing an iPhone, a wallet, and credit cards and fled down Seventh Avenue, according to investigators.

— Natalie Musumeci