Muggers steal skater’s copy of ‘Lolita,’ bash him with his board

Muggers steal skater’s copy of ‘Lolita,’ bash him with his board

A crew of vicious crooks mugged a skater for his copy of “Lolita” and Patti Smith’s memoir then beat him with his board in Williamsburg on Sept. 25 as part of a spree of violent robberies they committed around the neighborhood that day, according to a police report.

Four good-for-nothings approached the 26-year-old victim and his pals at a popular skating spot at Jackson Street and Meeker Avenue near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at around 3:10 pm and started chatting with them, when suddenly one of the brutes grabbed the guy from behind and forced him to the ground, police said.

One of the other punks grabbed the guy’s backpack — containing copies of “Lolita,” Patti Smith’s “Just Kids,” and “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol,” a Pentax camera worth $100, an iPhone 6, identification, and a passport — while a third took his skateboard, sporting a black grip and white wheels, and whacked the victim on the back with it, before all four ran off with his belongings, police said.

Three of the crew members then attacked a 34-year-old guy at Jewel Street and Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint at 4:15 pm, with one hitting the victim in the face with an unknown object before all three swiped his victim’s iPhone, wallet, $300, identification, and a MetroCard, police said. Paramedics took the victim to a nearby hospital, where it took eight stitches to close up the gash on his chin, cops said.

Not 15 minutes later, two of the dirtbags jumped a 32-year-old as he was walking on Diamond Street at Meserole Avenue, punching to the ground then ripping a Samsung Galaxy 7 phone, a wallet, $80, identification, and bank cards from the victim, authorities said.

And in the last act of the day, two baddies — one carrying a skateboard — approached a 33-year-old at Leonard Street and Engert Avenue at 4:45 pm asking him for the time before flashing a knife and demanding he hand over his property, which included an iPhone 6 and an American Express card, police said. The muggers took the loot and ran off Williamsburg-bound on Leonard Street, cops said.

Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects in the second crime.

Police ask anyone with information about the crimes to call (800) 577–8477, submit tips at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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