POLICE BLOTTER • Brooklyn Paper


Bubble trouble

A life of Jacuzzi-jacking is over for one area couple, who were finally rounded up by police following a two-week investigation.

The bubble finally burst for a 28-year-old bather last week when he was captured for using a Livingston Street condo owner’s rooftop Jacuzzi for an end-of-summer blast.

Last week, police had arrested his friend, 23, who joined the 28-year-old for an afternoon of fun amid the water jets.

Police allege that the duo scaled an enclosed fence blocking off the condo owner’s rooftop terrace at about 12:30 a.m. on September 5.

The two then entered the victim’s private cabana – which was locked – before relaxing in the Jacuzzi, police alleged. The two ripped its cover in their excitement to delve in the bubbles, prosecutors were told.

Using video surveillance footage, which caught the whole break-in, cops were able to identify one of the alleged Jacuzzi jackers. Cops then set their sights on the second.

Both were charged with criminal mischief, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

Jewelry taken

An assortment of jewelry and a laptop computer were among the items taken from an Atlantic Avenue apartment recently, officials said.

The 31-year-old tenant told police that she left her home, located near Clinton Street, at about 9:30 a.m. on September 10.

Her roommate returned to the apartment at 11:30 a.m. to discover that someone had raided the place.

Police were told that a laptop computer was missing and the woman’s jewelry box was found tossed on the bed, open and empty.

It’s believed that the thief made off with a $60 Fossil watch and a $1,000 gold nameplate that reads “Donna.”

It was unclear just how the thief entered the apartment as this paper went to press.

Delivered to jail

Being pulled over by the police will not cause a miscarriage.

But don’t tell that to a 17-year-old Edgar Hernandez, who was arrested last week for threatening to kill a police officer for believing that the delay would have an adverse effect on his unborn child.

Officials said that Hernandez, his girlfriend and at least one other man was driving through Brooklyn Heights in a Volkswagen Jetta with Florida license plates when cops pulled them over at the corner of Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The cops were reportedly dealing with the driver, who was identified as Daniel Martinez, when Hernandez started mouthing off, claiming that his girlfriend was “pregnant and crying.”

“If anything happens to the baby, I’m going to kill you,” he threatened.

In the end, nothing happened to the baby.

Hernandez was charged with disorderly conduct.

It was unclear why Martinez was pulled over and what he was ultimately charged with as this paper went to press.

Shopping for an army

A 42-year-old woman was arrested last week when she was caught trying to flee the Old Navy in the Atlantic Center Mall with over $1,200 in clothes.

Workers said that they stopped Lindsay Applewhite just before she exited the Atlantic Avenue store.

Cops allege that she was smuggling out 36 pairs of pants and 46 shirts from the store when workers stopped her at 1 p.m. on September 18.

Workers called cops, who charged her with grand larceny, officials said.

More power shoppers

Cops grabbed up two sticky-fingered shoplifters who were caught trying to grab up everything they could at the Target inside the Atlantic Center Mall.

Officials were rather impressed with the laundry list of items that 48-year-old Sonia Cruz and 28-year-old Flavio Tatis tried to take from the popular department store during a two hour shoplifting excursion on September 17.

The items included – we kid you not – nine bottles of perfume, fourteen lipsticks, 32 brow liners, five bras, four bottles of mascara, eleven watches, three bags (to carry it all, we assume), three pairs of panties, two blouses and one workout outfit.

Store workers probably felt that they just had a workout after they caught the two shoplifters trying to sneak out with the stolen items, held them until police could arrive and then went about returning the items to the shelves and display racks they were taken from.

Wrong numbers

A borough man was arrested last week when he offered up someone else’s social security card information on a driver’s license application.

Police said that Granger Leuegue, 40, was charged with possession of a forged instrument after filling out the form at the DMV on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.

He allegedly wrote down the wrong social security card number on the application and when an investigator asked him if it was correct, he said it was.

Cops did not say who the social security number belonged to.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to people with information regarding graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Sandman sneak

A Clinton Avenue man woke up to find two thieves burglarizing his apartment last week.

Police said that the 41-year-old man was sleeping in his bedroom just before 3 a.m. on September 15 when the not-so-sound sleeper woke up to the sound of nearby footsteps.

He put on his shorts and crept into the hallway, where he found a 25-year-old male rooting through his things.

The victim screamed at the thief and chased him down the hall, not realizing that another thief was waiting by the door.

After a brief struggle, the two thieves fled the apartment, taking only $6 in cash, some credit cards and a digital camera, officials said. The victim was not seriously injured.

Cops said that they weren’t sure how the thieves got into the victim’s home – located near Myrtle Avenue — in the first place.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call police at (718) 636-6511. All calls will be kept confidential.

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