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Police blotter: Paying dearly • Brooklyn Paper

Police blotter: Paying dearly

Paying dearly

Going to get your taxes done can sometimes be tense. But it has never been like this.

An area woman looking forward to a refund was attacked when — to her surprise — an enemy was using the same accountant.

Cops were called to the H&R Block tax preparer’s office at 11 Flatbush Avenue off Dekalb Avenue on the afternoon of January 26 when witnesses said the victim came face to face with a woman she had a previous argument with.

The two apparently started right where they left off, said police.

Seconds after officers arrived, one of the women was in handcuffs. The other was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The attacker, who was not named as this paper went to press, was charged with assault, police said.

Tabernacle take

Cops are looking for the sticky-fingered thief responsible for swiping three pricey watches from the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street.

Church administrators said that the three Bulova watches were taken off a desk inside the house of worship near Livingston Street sometime on January 19.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding the theft to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.

Taxi terrors

Two men and a woman bum-rushed and robbed a cabbie just moments after he dropped off a passenger on St. Mark’s Place between Third and Fourth Avenues, according to police and published reports.

The cabbie said that he had just completed the drop-off at 2:30 a.m. on January 24 when the suspects approached, asking if he had any money.

They then attacked, breaking the driver’s window and taking $200 in receipts, officials said.

Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.

Left in the cold

Two gun-toting thieves held up employees at a local Popeye’s Chicken — forcing one of their victims into a walk-in freezer during the daring early-morning heist.

Workers said that they had just opened the Livingston Street eatery between Bond and Hanover streets at 9:15 a.m. on January 23 when the thieves stormed in.

They put one of the men in the freezer and then forced the other employee to open the store safe.

But they soon grew impatient, pistol-whipped the worker and ran off empty-handed, police said.

Close, but no cell

Two teens were attacked during a failed cell phone robbery on Duffield Street, officials said.

The victims, both 17, said that they were on their way back to school shortly after 12:15 p.m. on January 15 when two thieves stepped up to them.

“Come here, I’m going to punch you,” one of the thieves said boldly as they tried to wrestle a phone from the hand of one of the victims.

The teens fought back, escaping with a few bumps and bruises, officials said.

Their attackers were still being sought as this paper went to press.

Crazy ride

Two thieves in a stolen car led police on a chase from Carroll Gardens to Brooklyn Heights last week — a pursuit that would have kept going if the they didn’t damage the car so badly that it wouldn’t work anymore.

Police said that they saw the stolen car near the corner of Richards and Pioneer Street in Red Hook at 4 p.m. on January 22 and were about to pull it over for a traffic violation when the vehicle sped off.

Thus began a break-neck chase through the community in which the maniacal motorist struck several parked cars, as well as a pursuing police cruiser, injuring the officer inside.

Two men abandoned the car on Remsen Street when it wouldn’t run anymore, ditching not only their broken hot wheels but an amount of marijuana they had on them.

Cops soon apprehended the duo, later identified as Adrian Montesino and Nelson Rivera, both 20, charging them with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, vehicular assault and car theft.

Police Officer Kenny Cunningham and Sergeant Michael Hain were credited with the arrest.

Clark St. attack

Police are looking for the man responsible for a robbery and attempted rape on a 13-year-old girl.

The teen told police that she was on a south bound 3 train rumbling toward the Clark St. station at 10:20 a.m. January 17 when a 5”10” black male in his mid-20s approached and demanded her property.

When the girl tried to fight off her attacker, the thief ripped her clothes and attempted to sexually assault her, officials said.

He ultimately disembarked the train at Clark Street with the girl’s belongings.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Deli devils

Cops are looking for three gunmen who held up two men as they ordered sandwiches at a local deli.

The victims said that they were in the sandwich shop on York Street and Bridge Street just after midnight on January 14 when the three suspects barreled in and pulled their weapons, forcing everyone to look for cover.

The two men beat up and robbed the two customers of their cash, cell phones and iPod, but curiously didn’t make an attempt to rob the clerk behind the counter.

Cops were looking for the two thieves as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.

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