Home invasions are quickly becoming a neighborhood pastime.
Two thieves forced a Mill Basin man into his home on E. 59th Street, tied him up and ran off with a cell phone and an assortment of electronics.
The crooks also popped open a safe, said police sources, although it was unclear if anything had been taken from it.
The 38-year-old victim told police he was approaching his front door between Avenues J and K at 11:30 am when the thugs jumped him from behind, flashed a gun and ordered him to let them inside.
After tying him up in the bathroom, the suspects ransacked the place and fled.
Last Wednesday’s raid was the third home invasion to take place in the area in the last two months, according to police.
On Sept. 15, a retired guidance counselor shot and seriously wounded a thief who entered his home on E. 64th Street between Basset Walk and Mayfair Drive South.
Other home invasions in the area include:
• Two men raided an E. 65th Street home on Aug. 10, terrorizing a wealthy Mill Island family inside. The thieves, one of whom sported a bullet proof vest, waited in the bushes until the homeowner came out to have a cigarette at 9:48 pm. They jumped the 52-year-old and rounded up his wife and daughter, asking “Who wants to die first” as they forced their three victims to lay down on the kitchen floor. The duo swiped $2,000 and an additional $45,000 worth of jewelry before fleeing the scene in the daughter’s 2009 Honda Accord. Police arrested the suspects, whom they believe had ditched the car a few blocks away, fleeing Mill Island on foot.
• Two thugs followed a woman into her home on E. 49th Street between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue L on July 21, swiping two handbags the woman had inside. The 24-year-old victim told police she had just entered her home when the suspect jammed a hard object into her back as if it was a gun. He then forced the woman into the home before he and an accomplice ran off with the bags.
• A gun-toting thug forced his way into a home on Kimball Street between Avenues U and T on June 3, robbing a woman inside. Police said the suspect entered, pulled a gun and demanded she hand over her ATM card and PIN. He then bound the woman up with duct tape and ran off.
Anyone with information regarding the Sept. 29 home invasion is urged to come forward. Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers tip line at (800) 577-TIPS.