At least two women’s ex-boyfriends stole items — including a vibrator — from their apartments using their own keys to the formerly shared units, police said.
In the first case, on March 15, a woman’s former boyfriend let himself in with a key and stole more than $5,000 in electronic equipment from her Fourth Avenue apartment on March 15, police said.
The woman told police that the couple split up three weeks earlier, but that her ex still had his key to the apartment, which is near Lincoln Place. She alleged that he ex stole an expensive Apple computer, an iPod, a digital camera, a DVD player and a pair of Bose speakers in the 5 pm robbery, cops said.
A few hours later, a former boyfriend allegedly used his key to enter his 27-year-old former girlfriend’s Union Street apartment to steal a ring, a pair of earrings and what police euphemistically referred to as “a sex toy.”
The victim had been at the gym, she told cops, while the 8:30 pm robbery was unfolding in the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues. She told cops that she suspected her boyfriend because the items stolen were “symbolic to their relationship.”
Police did not put a monetary value on the “sex toy.”
Don’t sublet an apartment at 195 Prospect Park West, cops say, because a scammer may be at work.
A man told cops last week that back in January, he paid a man $2,300 as first month’s rent on a unit in the fancy building, which is between 14th and 15th streets, but was never given the key or allowed to move in.
The prospective landlord, whose address is listed as the Prospect Park West apartment, has not been arrested — yet.
“Does this blouse make me look fat?”
It was just such a question that led to a woman losing her wallet in a robbery in the aisles of a popular Fifth Avenue clothing store at around 5 pm on March 18.
The 23-year-old victim told police that she was shopping when a 5-foot-2 inch, 40-year-old woman approached her and started asking how various items of clothing looked.
When the victim turned her back, the robber reached into her purse and swiped her wallet, which contained various credit cards.
Caned by mom
A teenager was brutally assaulted by her cane-wielding mother during an argument on March 15, police said.
The 16-year-old said her mom went after her with the walking cane inside their 14th Street apartment, which is near Fifth Avenue, at around 9 am.
It is unclear what sparked the dispute, but it ended with the teenager wearing bruises all over her body, and the 32-year-old mother wearing silver bracelets on her wrist, charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon (the cane) and endangering a minor.
When a stranger comes over to you and asks to see your phone, it probably isn’t because he wants to check the features.
A man walking along Berkeley Place on March 12 found that out the hard way when a 13-year-old approached, said, “Can I see your phone?” and promptly ran off with the Sidekick.
The man told cops that the robbery occurred at 3 pm between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The 5-foot-9 black teen is at large.
A crook used the old pizza-delivery trick to lure a deliveryman into his clutches on March 11 — but the ploy backfired hours later when the robber was collared.
Just before midnight, the villain called Pino’s Pizzeria and ordered a pie to be delivered to his apartment on Eighth Avenue near Third Street. When the 24-year-old deliveryman showed up with the steaming pie, the crook simulated having a gun in his pocket and said, “Give me your money! Don’t look at me.”
First he stole $200 out of the man’s pocket, then wanted more. “Give me your f—king wallet!” the thief demanded. The deliveryman handed over the wallet, which contained another $500.
The perp then jumped into a white “box truck” and headed towards Prospect Park West and then turned southbound on that fast-moving one-way street.
It is unclear how police caught up with the 29-year-old thief, but he was collared about six hours later and charged with robbery.
The super of a Sixth Street building lost more than $5,000 in cash, jewelry and electronics when his basement apartment was robbed by someone who might have once lived in the building, police said.
On March 12 at around 5 pm, the super returned home to find that his apartment door had been jimmied open with a knife, though the front door of the building appeared to have been opened with a key.
The super told cops that he lost $1,600, an iPod, a Nikon camera, a Sony Playstation Portable and $4,000 in gold jewelry.
He told cops that he suspected a man who once rented an apartment in the building, which is near Fifth Avenue.
A woman had more than $1,000 in cash and other items stolen from a stroller that she had only briefly parked in front of a building on Seventh Street on March 12, police said.
The 37-year-old woman told cops that she had only stopped at the building, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, to see the owner.
But she left the stroller out front and the rest is, as they say, larceny.
The biggest loss was $960. She also lost a wallet, baby pictures and toys.