While mom and dad are away, the crooks will play.
One youngster learned that lesson the hard way, after several high-tech goodies were stolen from her Sixth Avenue home after she had a raucous party while her parents were on vacation.
Cops said that more than 100 people were at the May 8 bacchanal inside the home, which is at Carroll Street, taking advantage of a parental holiday.
When the wingding broke up at around 4 am the next morning, the hostess discovered that someone had taken two laptops, two iPods and $1,000 in jewelry.
A thief got a money-stuffed envelope after distracting a man with the old, “There’s something wrong with your car” trick on Eighth Avenue on May 13.
The victim told cops that he had just parked his Mazda on the block between St. Johns and Lincoln places at around 11:50 am when a woman came over and said that there was “something wrong” with his rear tire.
At that point, the man put the envelope, containing a mere $10,000 in $100 bills, on the dashboard to investigate — but when he returned to the interior of the car, the bills (and, interestingly enough, the woman) were gone.
A homeless man was arrested after beating up a sleeping cohort with a pipe in the parking lot of the Pathmark supermarket on 12th Street on May 4.
The 37-year-old victim told cops that he was in repose in the lot outside the mega-grocer between 7 pm and just before midnight, when he was awakened by the pain of being pummeled with a pipe.
He went to the hospital for three days, but when he returned to his temporary lodging in the parking lot, the thug was still there, so the victim called 911.
Cops collared the 47-year-old perp and charged him with assault, plus possession of burglar’s tools.
Thieves hit at least two stores last week, shoplifting sunglasses and high-fashion outfits on Fifth Avenue. Here are the gory details:
• A thief entered a store near Degraw Street at around 2:40 pm on May 12 and introduced himself as Kevin, perhaps to lull the clerk into a false sense of security. And, indeed, when she was busy with a customer, he took 11 pairs of fancy shades off the shelf and ran out. The total haul came to more than $1,150.
• One shoplifter was arrested, but his accomplice got away, after a daring raid of the Serene Rose boutique between Third and Fourth streets on May 9. Cops said that the thieves entered at around noon and took a ruffle top, a zipper-free taupe, a skirt, a necklace and other items before fleeing. One of the perps was later caught after a witness tip.
A thief tried to bust into Blue Ribbon Sushi on Fifth Avenue overnight on May 13, but never got past the front door before giving up.
Workers finished up for the night at the restaurant, which is near First Street, at 1:30 am, but when an employee showed up for work at 5 pm, he discovered that the wood-framed front entrance had been damaged in the burglary attempt.
At least three homes or businesses were burglarized during the last week. Here’s a roundup:
• A resident of a Second Street apartment told cops that someone — perhaps one of his “multiple” housemates — took a bag off of a living room table on May 6. He told cops that he was not home between 5 am and noon when he returned to find that his laptop and camera had been taken from the building, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
• A thief stole two computers out of a Seventh Street apartment when the tenant was gone between May 10 and 11. The resident of the unit, which is near Fourth Avenue, told cops that she was not there from 4 am until 11 pm the next day when she returned to find the goods gone. She told cops that “several” people had access to the apartment “through the roommate.”
• A quick-moving thief grabbed a laptop out of a Baltic Street real-estate office on May 13. The victim told cops that she was out of the office, which is near Fourth Avenue, from 3:20 to 3:35 pm.
One car was stolen — and another rendered inoperable — from the same auto leasing company in apparently separate crimes last week:
• A thief stole a new Hyundai off of Warren Street earlier this month. The victim, a leasing business, told cops that the car was parked between Third and Fourth avenues, on April 26, but was missing when a driver returned to it on May 1.
• A pit crew of thieves stole the tires off of a new Toyota that had been parked on Carroll Street near Sixth Avenue on May 13. When the driver returned the next day at noon, he noticed that the car was up on blocks and all four tires and rims were gone. The jack and lugnuts were still littering the bitter ground.
— Gersh Kuntzman