Perp asks victim for ‘favor’ — steals iPhone

88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Call collected

Some crook swiped the iPhone from a woman on Vanderbilt Avenue on Jan. 16 after asking her for help.

The victim told cops that she was near Gates Avenue at 7:30 pm when a stranger approached and asked, “Can you do me a favor?”

Before she could answer, he yanked the mobile and fled.


A grifter stole a Pratt student’s wallet and iPod from a classroom on Willoughby Avenue on Jan. 17.

The victim told police that she left her purse at a university building near Hall Street at 2:30 pm. When she returned a half hour later, her billfold containing $320 and the Apple device were gone.

A classmate saw a stranger dip into the room — a sneaky act that was caught on camera.

Stealthy living

A brazen burglar broke into the work vehicle of a Department of Health employee parked on Waverly Avenue on Jan. 20.

The victim told police that he parked near Park Avenue at 5 pm. When he returned minutes later, his front passenger window was smashed — and his thousand-dollar camera, T-Mobile phone and navigation unit were gone.


Cops say a teenager plucked the iPhone from a woman’s hands on Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 18 as she looked up directions on her cell.

The victim told police that she was near Clinton Avenue at 9:06 am when the scoundrel yanked her cellphone and shoved her to the ground.

Cops say that they cuffed a 15-year-old suspect, recovering the fancy phone that day.

Tire away

A thief lifted the tires from a Cadillac on Downing Street on Jan. 16 as its owner was asleep.

The victim told cops that she parked near Gates Avenue at 9 pm. When she returned early the next morning, the wheels of her 2011 Escalade were gone and her doors were scratched.

Wheely bad

Cops arrested a man on Jan. 19 for allegedly breaking into a woman’s car and swiping her designer sunglasses.

According to police, the thief smashed a the window of a car parked on DeKalb Avenue at about 10 pm.

An officer saw him riding his bike on a public sidewalk not longer after and pulled him over. According to the cop, the man didn’t have any identification on him.

The cop also said he found two debit cards belonging to the victim, a pair of $250 Guess shades and shattered pieces of glass on the man.

Police say that the suspect forgot his glove and cellphone inside the burgled car near Washington Avenue.

Quick study

A sneaky thief stole a PS 11 teacher’s wallet from her classroom on Waverly Avenue on Jan. 18 as she picked up students from the cafeteria.

The victim told police that she left her room in the building near Gates Avenue at noon — hiding her billfold in an unlocked desk. But when she returned 15 minutes later, the wallet — containing $200 and a Victoria’s Secret card — was missing.

Car alarm

One lucky burglar hit pay day when he broke into a van parked on DeKalb Avenue on Jan. 17 — snagging an iPad, knife, and more than $1,000.

The New Jersey victim told cops that he left his vehicle near Washington Park at 2:30 pm. When he returned the next night, his belongings — including $1,375 and books — were gone.


A thief boosted a luxury sedan from S. Oxford Street on Jan. 14.

The victim told cops that he parked near DeKalb Avenue at 7 pm. When he returned the next afternoon, his $38,000 Audi Q5 was gone.

— Kate Briquelet

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