Thieves tried to break into the Valley National Bank on Avenue J between Dec. 3 and 5, but ended up taking nothing.
There was clearly a plan in place: Thieves covered the lock to the rooftop access door with duct tape before going inside sometime before Dec. 5.
But the thieves didn’t have the floor plans with them and didn’t realize that the rooftop access would only get them to the third floor, not the first, where the bank is.
Nothing was taken from the bank, employees told cops from the 70th Precinct.
Auto break-in bonanza
Midwood hosted 12 auto break-ins during the first week of the month, cops said this week.
Thieves bashed windows and swiped air bags between Avenues I and P in the high E. 20s between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 — their car of choice being late model Hondas.
But police from the 70 Precinct believe the thieves may have already blown through the neighborhood. There hasn’t been an air bag theft in the area since, said police, who added that air bag thefts in the precinct were down 26 percent for the year.
Ave. L looting
Thieves repelled into an Avenue L store on Dec. 13, taking $4,000 and an assortment of cigarettes.
Burglars smashed several roof panels as they cut their way inside, workers told police.
Shot on H
Two goons opened fire on a 38-year-old man sitting in a car parked on Avenue H during a bloody Dec. 13 clash.
The victim told police that he was sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle, parked near E. 46th Street, when the suspects walked up and opened fire, hitting him in the neck, torso and thigh.
The 38-year-old was immediately taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.
Two thieves robbed a 23-year-old on Dec. 16 when an iPhone sale at on Avenue K went horribly awry.
The victim said he met the two men near E. 40th Street at 5:55 pm so he could buy four iPhones from them, but the thugs turned the tables on their victim and beat him until he handed over his own phone.
Nabbed in break-in
A 15-year-old thief broke into an E. 28th Street home on Dec. 9, but ended up getting picked up before he could make off with any property.
The teen forced open the rear door of the home, which is between Avenue P and Quentin Road, at 3:30 pm, but was arrested 15 minutes later.
A thief broke into an E. 12th Street apartment on Dec. 12, taking a laptop computer and a 40-inch plasma television.
The victim had been away from her home, which is between Avenues R and S, since 9 am. When she returned, she found someone broke in through a window that leads to a fire escape.
Beaten for pocketbook
Two men attacked a 35-year-old on E. 46th Street in an attempt to steal the woman’s pocketbook.
Cops apprehended one of the two men, who punched the woman to the ground during the scuffle near Avenue N, but ran off before getting their hands on her bag.
Two thugs jumped a 15-year-old on Avenue U on Dec. 13, taking his cellphone.
The victim was approaching E. 66th Street at 3:28 pm when the goons stopped him, punched him in the face and fled with his phone.
Rifling through clothes
A man with a rifle barrelled into a Flatlands Avenue laundromat on Dec. 13, robbing the place of $500.
Workers told police very few people were inside late night laundry at 11:52 pm, at which time the 20-year-old thug came in and ordered a worker to empty the till.
Thieves worked their way into the Sovereign Bank on Avenue U and McDonald Avenue on Dec. 7, but despite all their efforts, they took nothing.
Bank employees said the thieves cut two holes into the roof — right into the vault area — at 11:45 pm.
But the thieves must have left in a hurry, police surmise: besides not taking anything, the thieves left two ladders behind.
A brute busted into the Z-Com Wireless store on Avenue U on Dec. 7, taking 28 cellphones.
Two laptop computers and a computer notebook were also removed from the store, which is between E. 27th and E. 28th streets, sometime after 4 pm.
Thieves pried open the roll down security gate, then shattered the glass door with a rock in order to get inside, employees told police.
Someone broke into Jimmy’s on Avenue U on Dec. 4, taking 23 leather jackets.
Workers at the store, which is between West and E. First streets said thieves shattered the front store window in order to get inside sometime after 9 pm.
A thief entered a Kings Highway restaurant on Dec. 5, taking $80.
Workers at the eatery, which is near E. 40th Street, said the 30-year-old thief approached the register with his hand in his pocket, as if he was holding a gun.
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.