Sheepshead Bay—Manhattan Beach—Gravesend—Homecrest
Cops arrested a man who they say robbed one man and beat up another on Coney Island Avenue on Feb. 17 — then freely admitted what he’d done.
Witnesses told officials that the thief jumped a man near Avenue U at about 3 am, stealing his property. He ran away, but got into a brawl with a second man further down the avenue, police claim.
Cops broke up the fight, but they couldn’t shut the suspect up.
“Yeah, I hit him,” the thug allegedly said, freely admitting the robbery. “I love to fight! Gang bangin’ till death!”
Two on one
Two goons jumped a 62-year-old man on Quentin Road on Feb. 19, taking $12 and a cellphone.
The victim was nearing McDonald Avenue at 11:10 pm when the suspects attacked, punching him in the face.
A 17-year-old was arrested on Feb. 13 for allegedly attacking another teen inside Sheepshead Bay High School on Avenue X — leaving the student with cuts and bruises.
Witnesses said the two were arguing inside the school between Coyle and Batchelder Street at 12:55 pm when they came to blows.
The victim refused medical attention, officials said.
Popped for iPad
An Emmons Avenue store clerk was arrested on Feb. 17 for allegedly purchasing an iPad he knew was stolen.
Undercover officers went into Shoreway Convenience near Nostrand Avenue on 12:05 pm looking to unload the smart tablet. When the worker bought it, he was immediately arrested, and charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
Cops did not say what the iPad was sold for, but the arrest closely resembles a borough-wide NYPD sting that took place last year, where more than 40 people were arrested for buying iPads cops claim they knew were stolen.
Cops arrested a motorist who they say roughed up and robbed a tow truck operator in the El Greco Diner parking lot on Feb. 18.
Workers at the Emmons Avenue eatery said that the tow truck operator had hooked up a car when the suspect ran up and pushed him to the ground. The man then took the keys from the tow truck, but stuck around, say police, who arrested him for robbery.
A thief looted a 2011 Mazda parked on Avenue S on Feb. 17, taking several credit cards and a U.S. passport.
The owner of the car told police that she left the vehicle unlocked near Coney Island Avenue at 8 pm. When she returned at 7 pm the next day, her handbag, which she claims she hid under the seat, had been rifled through.
More car raids
A crook cleaned out a 2009 Hyundai parked on Bragg Street on Feb. 11, taking an EZ pass and a navigation system.
The owner of the car parked the car near Shore Parkway at 9 pm. When he returned to it on Feb. 18, the car was undamaged, but empty.
Vandal hits car
Some goon attacked a 2005 Honda parked on E. 12th Street on Feb. 18 — slashing one tire and writing the word “a–” on the hood.
The victim said she left her car near Avenue Y at 11 am. When she returned two hours later, it had been vandalized.
Toyota take away
A crook broke into a 2007 Toyota parked on E. 21st Street on Feb. 17, taking a laptop computer and an iPod he found inside.
The car’s owner parked her vehicle between Avenue P and Quentin Road at 5 pm as she visited her sister, who lives nearby. When she left at 9 pm, she realized that someone had smashed a passenger-side mirror and popped the trunk, taking the items inside.
A free-wheeling thief swiped the tires off of a 2011 Nissan Maxima while it sat on E. 22nd Street on Feb. 20.
The owner of the sports car left his vehicle between Quentin Road and Avenue R at midnight. When he returned at 6 am, the car was resting on its rotors.
A thief broke into a garage on Falmouth Street in Manhattan Beach on Feb. 14, taking two guitars and a bicycle.
The owner of the home between Shore and Oriental boulevards said the thief broke into his locked garage sometime after 6 pm. The theft, however, wasn’t discovered until Feb. 17.
A crook broke into an E. Fifth Street home on Feb. 20, taking more than $10,000 in jewelry and cash.
The victim returned to his home near Avenue W at 2:45 pm to find his door broken and half open. Several rooms were ransacked and the jewelry — a Movado watch — as well as $12,000, were missing, the victim told police.
— Thomas Tracy