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Distracted, then mugged

Don’t look down

A perp tricked a man into looking down while he pulled out a gun on Pierrepont Street on March 16.

The 38-year-old victim told cops that he was on the block between Clinton Street and Cadman Plaza West at around 5:40 pm when a man yelled out, “Hey, you dropped something.”

The victim looked down and found nothing. But when he returned to an erect position, he discovered a gun pointed right at him.

“Give me the money,” the thief said.

The man handed over $460, and the mugger, described as a 5-foot-9, 180-pound brute, fled.

Smash ’n’ grab

Thieves smashed through the window of a Court Street cleaners on March 18 and pulled out the ATM, cops said.

The owners of Immigrat Clothing, which is at Pacific Street, told cops that the thieves busted through the glass at around 4 pm.

They fled in a white van.

Shabbos mug

A teenager walking home from synagogue on March 6 was mugged by six men who threatened him with a beating if he didn’t hand over his cash.

The victim, 13, told cops that he was near the corner of Remsen and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights at around 5 pm when the posse rolled up.

One of the thugs said, “Give me your wallet or I’ll beat you up.”

The teen complied, turning over $20 to his assailants, who then fled.

Bustin’ out

A Cadman Plaza West garage that has made frequent appearances in the Police Blotter was the scene of another straight-out-of-Hollywood heist on March 19 when a perp jumped into a car and drove out right through the locked security gate.

The stuntman-like criminal had hopped into the parked 2009 Audi A4 at around 1 pm, fired up the fuel-injected, four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive engine and screeched out the exit in an effort to ram through the gate.

He only partially succeeded, damaging the fancy car so badly that he had to ditch it near Middagh Street.

The bashed-up car was found near the scene, but its would-be thief was long gone when cops arrived.

Court mug

Five thugs — all young teens — surrounded a 12-year-old on Court Street on Feb. 28, demanding money from the terrified boy.

Police said that the gang of three boys and two girls surrounded its victim at around 3 pm and demanded cash.

The boy handed over $10 and the gang fled from the corner of State Street. The victim could not give a good description of his muggers.

Quick picks

Fast-handed thieves were working all over the 84th Precinct last week. Here’s a roundup:

• On March 20, a thief grabbed the purse of a woman who was on the corner of Joralemon Street and Sidney Place at just before midnight. The woman said she never felt anything, but soon discovered that she had been robbed of $20 and various cards.

• A shopper at Macy’s on the Fulton Mall turned to look at a sweater for just a few minutes at around 2 pm on March 16, but when she put back the vestment, discovered that a thief had stolen her wallet, which contained various cards.

• A teenager waiting for a bus on Jay Street near Willoughby Street on March 22 felt a bump and then discovered that her wallet was missing from her pocket. She said she lost a $550 gold plate, plus her student Metrocard, in the 8 am heist.

• A thief grabbed the wallet out of the handbag of a Conway’s shopper on March 22. The 68-year-old victim told cops that she was in the Fulton Mall department store about around 4:30 pm when she noticed that her purse had been infiltrated. She lost various cards.

Bank job

A thief tried to rob the Citibank on Montague Street on March 20, but fled after the teller pressed the silent alarm.

The 6-foot, 150-pound robber entered the bank, which is at the corner of Clinton Street, at around 4:10 pm and handed the teller a note.

“No joke. This is not a game,” it said, demanding “large bills: 20s, 50s, 100s.”

The teller didn’t bother responding to the thief, merely pressing the alarm, causing him to flee.

— Gersh Kuntzman

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