Customer services self in Flatlands Ave. holdup

Business raid

A gun-toting thief held up a Flatlands Avenue office on May 24 as a worker opened up for business.

The merchant told police that he was lifting the security shutters to the office, which is between East 59th Street and Ralph Avenue, at 7:45 am when the thief ran up and pulled a gun.

The thief forced the 36-year-old employee to fork over $500, his credit cards and a cell phone.

Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.

Stabbed and robbed

A crew of thieves stabbed a 25-year-old in the neck during a bloody robbery on May 26.

The victim told police that the thieves jumped him just before 8:15 pm at the corner of Avenue I and East 34th Street, demanding his cellphone.

In the ensuing fisticuffs the victim was stabbed in the neck and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Three of the four thieves were arrested.

Food fiends

A crew of thieves hijacked a food delivery man on May 28.

Police said that the suspects grabbed their victim on East 57th Street between Avenues H and I at 9:40 pm, and punched him in the face, taking $70 and the food order he was about to drop off.

Cleaned out

Thieves entered a Mill Island business on May 22, taking an assortment of electronics.

Workers at the Veterans Avenue office near East 64th Street closed the store sometime after 7 pm on May 22, and noticed items were missing when they opened the next day.

The cleaners could be to blame, they told police.

Rock head

A Marine Park resident was struck in the head with a rock during a clash on May 24.

The 23-year-old victim said he was on the Fillmore Avenue side of Marine Park, which is between Burnett Street and Madison Place, at 3:50 pm when he began arguing with a 22-year-old.

During the heated exchange, the younger man picked up a rock and lobbed it at the victim, hitting him in the head.

Responding officers arrested the younger man a short time later, charging him with assault.

Ramping it up

A rolling renegade made off with a set of ten foot ramps swiped from a Marine Park home on May 28.

The East 38th Street homeowner between Quentin Road and Avenue R said that the ramps were sitting in her driveway and were taken sometime after 9 am.

Plucked from hallway

A stick-fingered goon made off with an 18-year-old woman’s cell phone and credit cards on May 25 after she mistakenly left the items unattended in the hallway of a Foster Avenue club.

The woman said that someone made off with the items as she partied in the nightspot, which is between East 59th Street and Ralph Avenue, around 11 pm.

Quick change

A thief snaked his hand into a woman’s dressing room while his victim was trying on clothes on May 26 and made off with her purse, officials said.

Police were told that the theft took place at about 7 pm inside a Kings Plaza department store at Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue.

Cell swipe

A quick-moving thief made off with a 17-year-old’s cell phone on May 26 as he rode a city bus through Flatlands.

The teen said the bus was nearing the corner of Avenue L and New York Avenue at 7:45 pm when the female thief grabbed the phone out of his hands and disembarked.

Shoved to the ground

A 21-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and robbed of her purse as she passed the corner of Fillmore and Flatbush avenues on May 18.

The woman said that she was nearing the corner at 9 am when an unidentified male bowled her over and ran off with her bag, which contained $50 and some credit cards.

Eyes on the prize

A thief busted into Stewart Paul Opticians in Mill Basin on May 22, swiping the cash register and an assortment of electronics.

Police said that the thief cut through the Strickland Avenue store’s security gate and smashed through the glass window sometime after 7:30 pm.

Ryder raid

A thief broke into a home on Ryder Street on May 15, taking $5,000 and some electronics.

Police said that the suspect forced open to the front door to the home, which is between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue P, sometime after 6 pm.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.