A thief stole two licensed handguns — and the safe in which they were kept — from a Third Street home on Dec. 16.
The owner of the pistols told cops that he left his house, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, at around 7:15 am, leaving behind a Taurus and a Sig Sauer gun in a safe. When he returned at 7:50 pm, both guns, plus a computer, were gone.
Police added nothing, so we will: two high-powered weapons are in the hands of a thief who is on the loose in our community.
Three gun-toting perps mugged a man for cash and a phone near the R train station on Union Street on Dec. 12.
The victim, 36, told cops that he had just left the station at Fourth Avenue at around 11:40 pm when a man approached, pointed a gun at his face and said, “Run your shit.”
That’s when two more thugs approached from behind to punctuate the threat.
The thieves fled after the man gave up the goods.
At least five victims lost their stuff in classic quick-picks throughout the neighborhood:
• A thief broke into a man’s locker in a Ninth Street gym between 6:15 and 6:50 pm on Dec. 16 to steal a wallet, $120 and sandals.
• A crook ruined a vacation for a visitor from Atlanta by swiping a bag that she had left on a table at the Commonwealth bar on Fifth Avenue at 11th Street on Dec. 11. The woman said she left the bag, which contained two iPads, a computer and cash, unattended between 7 and 9 pm.
• Cops nabbed a thief after he stole packages that had been delivered to a Third Street home on Dec. 13, police said. The arresting officer said that he watched the 54-year-old suspect swipe the bags, which contained high-end boots, at around 4 pm from the stoop of the house between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
• A customer at Dizzy’s Diner on Eighth Avenue lost her iPad, cellphone and $300 when a thief grabbed her bag during lunch at around 1 pm on Dec. 7.
• A thief stole a purse from a worker at a Seventh Avenue eatery by reaching inside the kitchen area on Nov. 28, cops said. The worker lost $300 in the theft between Union Street and Berkeley Place.
A thief stole a gutter made out of that most precious of non-precious metals — copper! — from a Third Street house on Dec. 17.
The owner of the building, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, told cops that he noticed that the $1,000 gutter was missing at around 4 am.
A thief swiped thousands of dollars worth of over-the-counter medications after running into a Flatbush Avenue store on Dec. 15.
The owner told cops that the perp entered the store, which is between Park and Prospect places, at around 6:15 pm and started filling a bag with roughly 60 packages of medicines, including Mucinex, Allegra, Zyrtec and Muessig.
Christmas grinches burglarized at least two homes last week:
• A thief stole a game system and a fancy digital camera from a home on Third Avenue and 11th Street between 10:30 am and 2:35 pm on Dec. 13.
• A crook broke into a Fourth Avenue apartment on Dec. 13 to steal a computer and camera. The resident of the unit, near Warren Street, said she was not there between 10 am and 11 pm.
A movie set was the scene of a crime on Dec. 12, as a thief stole cash, tools and other equipment from a truck on Fifth Street.
The victim told cops that he was setting up lights for a nearby shoot at around 10:30 am when the thief broke into his truck, which had been parked between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
Three perps were arrested after they surrounded a man on a Queens-bound R train at the Ninth Street station and took his cellphone on Dec. 12, cops said.
The victim told cops that the train was just about to pull into the station under Fourth Avenue at around 11:55 am when a gang of four people surrounded him and grabbed the phone. The posse jumped off the train as one of the perps punched the victim to dissuade him from giving chase.
Cops said they picked up three perps nearby, and determined that a fourth member of the group was not actually involved.
Crime with teeth
A thief swiped 30 packages of teeth-whitening strips from a Seventh Avenue drugstore on Dec. 15 — but he didn’t get away long enough to affect the cosmetic treatment.
The manager told cops that a man entered the store, which is at Fifth Street, at around 2:40 pm and filled a bag with Crest White Strips. The manager rushed over to prevent the crime, but the thief got away after a struggle.
He jumped into a car with two accomplices, but cops stopped the vehicle a few blocks away, and collared all three men.
Two vehicles made the Police Blotter this week:
• A 2003 Honda Accord was swiped off Ninth Street near Eighth Avenue between 2 pm and 11:45 pm on Dec. 15.
• A thief stole a motorcycle from Eighth Avenue at 10th Street between Dec. 16 and Dec. 18.
— Gersh Kuntzman