Lots of bag swipes

Park Slope

Starry eyed

A thief stole the purse of an absent-minded coffee lover on Oct. 5.

The victim told cops she was sitting in front of the Starbucks on Seventh Avenue between Garfield Place and First Street at around 1 pm when she left her purse on her chair and went back inside the café.

By the time she realized her mistake 15 minutes later, her bag, containing an iPod, an ATM card, and $50, was gone.

Purse swipe

A thief swiped an assortment of stuff from a woman’s purse while she ate at Moutarde on Fifth Avenue on Oct. 9.

The victim told cops that she had hung her bag on her chair while she dined at the restaurant at Carroll Street at around 8:15 pm. When she returned her attention to the bag 45 minutes later, she discovered that she was missing $180, and an assortment of credit cards and IDs.

Stoop swipe

A thief swiped a woman’s purse after she left it on her President Street stoop on Oct. 7.

The victim said she had left her bag on the steps of her building between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at around 2 pm. She realized her mistake five minutes later, and discovered that the thief had taken $250 in make-up, a $50 card case, and an assortment of IDs and credit cards.

Pumped up

A thief sneaked into a Con Edison building and stole two pumps valued at $1,000 each on Sept. 27.

An employee at the building at Third Avenue and First Street said he had last seen the air quality devices at around noon. An hour later, they were gone.


A thief broke into a St. Marks Place apartment by kicking in the air conditioner sometime during the first week of October.

The tenant at the apartment between Fourth and Fifth avenues told cops he had left his home on Oct. 4 at around 5 pm and returned three days later to find that a rear window had been smashed and his A/C unit had been kicked in.

An Apple computer and a music recorder valued at $300 were missing.

Bike stole

A thief broke into a President Street home and gershed a bicycle and scooter on Oct. 7.

The victim told cops that she last saw the two-wheeled rides stored behind a security gate at her home between Fifth and Sixth avenues at around 8:30 am. When she returned about four hours later, the two rides were gone.

She suspected that the bike bandit must have squeezed his arm through the security gate and then unlocked it from the inside.

— Stephen Brown