Cops caught a 17-year-old thief after a cellphone-stealing spree on Dec. 8.
The first theft occurred as a woman was walking home at 10:42 am near the corner of Clinton and Lafayette avenues when the perp grabbed her and violently threw her up against a wall. After taking her Blackberry, he fled.
Minutes later, the feisty thief found another victim on St. James Place near Gates Avenue. She told police that she was having a phone conversation when the indolent teen grabbed her phone, pulling out some of her hair in the struggle.
Cops nabbed him the same day.
A thief broke into a federal car parked near the Navy Yard on Dec. 7.
The victim left his car at around 10:30 am and returned at 5 pm to find the window smashed and his military body armor and camouflage duds gone.
Shoppers beware! Atlantic Avenue clothing emporiums are rife with crime this holiday season. One thief even struck twice in the Marshall’s in the Atlantic Center Mall on Dec. 9.
That thief’s first victim was a high schooler who told cops that the sneak brushed by her diaper bag at 2 pm and took her wallet. She lost only loose change, she said.
But minutes later, the thief snagged an older woman’s bag from her cart. She later found the bag hanging from a fence, but $200 had been removed, along with all of her credit cards.
One day earlier, a thief tried to rip off Old Navy of pounds of stuff, including $1,388 worth of tops — and it turned out it was an inside job.
Crime of the heart
A thief got himself arrested for a Dec. 8 mugging, partly because he was a cad.
The victim told police that she was on Lafayette Avenue near Grand Avenue when a man who looked vaguely familiar ran up and grabbed her purse — which contained an iPhone and $20.
Two days later, she remember that face — the man had recently dated her friend — and cops arrested him.
A thug held up a woman at gunpoint for a paltry sum on Dec. 11.
The victim was walking home at 1:50 am and was at her South Oxford Street home near Lafayette Avenue when she heard fast footsteps behind her.
She turned to find the hooligan displaying a black gun.
“Give me your money!” he demanded.
She handed over $5, and he kept running.
Spa card seized!
A pickpocket snagged a woman’s wallet on Washington Park on Dec. 11.
The victim was near DeKalb Avenue at around midnight when a man passed her and brushed up against her. Later she realized he’d gotten her Hermes wallet, which contained $150, credit cards and a Spa gift certificate.