A gunman hit the big time when he mugged two victims on Berkeley Place on April 7, getting away with a $14,000 diamond ring and a glistening new iPad.
The victims told cops that they had just left the Grand Army Plaza station and were between Seventh and Eighth avenues when a man came up from behind and said, “Don’t turn around or I will shoot you. Drop your bags on the floor.”
He displayed the black pistol, and the victims, a 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, did as told.
The thief not only went through the possessions, but grabbed the woman’s fingers, removing the prized catch: the five-figure engagement ring.
He also got away with a Jobsian haul, including the iPad, an iPhone 4, a second cellphone, cash and various cards.
A thief snatched a fancy smartphone from a woman’s hand on a Manhattan-bound 2 train under Grand Army Plaza on April 5.
The victim told cops that she got on the train at the station at Flatbush Avenue at around 2:50 pm. Shortly after the train left the station, the thief made his move, taking her iPhone and leaping off at the next stop
A thief picked a Blackberry out of a woman’s hand on Sixth Avenue on April 6.
The 39-year-old told cops that she was taxing on the phone between St. Johns and Sterling places at around 6:40 pm when a teen thief sneaked up from behind, grabbed the phone and kept on running.
A thief stole two Apple laptops from a Third Street apartment on April 4.
The residents told cops that they were not in the unit, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, between noon and 2:30, when they returned to find their computers gone.
A thief jimmied open a door on an Eighth Avenue home on April 4 then took a laptop and a camera.
The victims said they were not inside the house, which is between Seventh and Eighth streets, from 8 am to 7 pm, when they returned to find the computer and Canon photographic device missing.
A thief took a computer, camera and earrings from a Fourth Avenue apartment on April 4.
The residents were not in the unit, which is between Sixth and Seventh streets, between 10 am and 6 pm.
A woman who left her bag unattended while she wrote the next Great American Novel at Starbucks later discovered that her wallet had been taken.
The writer told cops that she was tapping away at her laptop inside the well-known coffeehouse near First Street at around 9:30 pm. But when she packed up her stuff, she saw that her wallet, which had contained cash and cards, was gone.
A thief swiped two refrigerators out of a Lowe’s hardware truck while its driver was making a delivery on March 20.
The victim told cops that he had made a delivery somewhere in the neighborhood, only to notice that the truck’s rear door, which he thought he had closed, was half open.
He drove back to the Second Avenue tool superstore at around 4:40 pm and noticed that the cooling units were gone.
A thief swiped an 11-year-old Camry from 10th Street sometime during a three-day period.
The victim told cops that she parked the antediluvian auto between Second and Third streets on March 29, but it was gone when she returned to it on April 1, no fooling.
— Gersh Kuntzman