Car thief crackdown
A thief who swiped a car in Sheepshead Bay on May 16 was arrested in Flatlands when the hot wheels were found on E. 49th Street.
Police said the car was taken before 6:30 am on May 15 from its parking space on E. 23rd Street.
Almost 24 hours later, the thief was caught inside the car near Avenue O. The hood was still warm, leading police to believe that the car had been driven for some time.
Cab wig out
A would-be thief was arrested on May 14 when he tried to rob a cab driver — while his victim was behind the wheel and the cab was in motion.
The cabbie told police that the thief got into the car at the corner of Schnectady Avenue and Avenue H at 5:20 am and asked the cabbie to take him to Avenue J and E. 43rd Street.
While en route, the thief smacked the driver’s head, climbed into the front seat, and then forced open a locked glove box.
Cops grabbed the thief before he made off with any money.
A 51-year-old woman was arrested on May 10 after she pulled a knife on her estranged lover, claiming that the E. 48th Street home they shared was now hers.
Cops were called to the home, which is near Avenue N, at 11:23 pm after the woman pointed a knife at her victim as he tried to enter the home. “Don’t come here,” she told her ex. “This is my house.”
Cops, apparently, disagreed with the new living situation and charged the woman with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
A pair of thieves barreled into a Utica Avenue store on May 4, taking $930.
The crooks, who were sporting black masks and latex gloves, flashed firearms and ordered everyone to the ground once they stepped inside at 10:45 pm. The suspects fled after forcing a manager to empty out a store register and a safe.
Tug of bag
Two thugs tried to steal a woman’s handbag during a May 2 confrontation on Kings Highway, but ended up running off empty-handed.
The woman was nearing Flatbush Avenue at 11 pm when the suspects blocked her path and grabbed her handbag.
But the woman managed to fight the suspects off and run away, leaving the muggers in the dust.
Two punks worked together to rob a 46-year-old man on Avenue I on May 7.
The victim was approaching E. 39th Street at 12:30 pm when the suspects grabbed him.
One of the thugs put the victim in a choke hold while the other flashed a knife and rifled through the man’s pockets, police were told.
A thief entering an E. 55th Street home checked to see if anyone was home by ringing the doorbell — but still found herself coming face-to-face with the homeowner during the May 5 break-in.
The 29-year-old suspect — a woman — forced the front door at about 2:37 pm, only to turn around and run off once she realized someone was inside.