Police: Suspect tries to steal woman’s brand-new blanket

84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Blanket bandit

Police arrested a man who they say tried to steal a woman’s comforter on the subway at the Hoyt Street station on March 4.

The woman got on the Brooklyn-bound A train in Manhattan at 6 pm and put the comforter she had just bought next to her on the seat, according to the police.

Then she noticed the suspect, whom she said she knows from a program, cops said.

After she acknowledged him, he then allegedly took her quilt and and made a run for it at the station near Schermerhorn Street, with the woman in pursuit, according to police.

The two allegedly struggled trying to wrest the blanket from each other and the suspect came out on top and fled the scene, the authorities said.

Four days later the Boys in Blue arrested the suspect for the alleged theft, according to authorities.


A lout attacked and robbed a woman on State Street on March 5.

The victim told cops that the ne’er-do-well took her bag and then whacked her in the head with it, between Bond and Nevins streets at 11:10 pm.

Daytime purloiner

A burglar looted a woman’s home on Livingston Street on March 6.

The cur took her house keys from her mailbox and got into the apartment between Court and Clinton streets at sometime between 11 am and 5:30 pm and took a television, router, jewelry, and a camera, according to police.

Booze bandit

A burglar stole liquor from an Adams Street diner in the early morning hours of March 9.

The nogoodnik got into the eatery between Fulton and Johnson streets at 4 am by using a tool to get in the rear door, and took three bottles of liquor worth almost $3,000, according to the authorities.

Crime never sleeps

A thief stole a man’s backpack on the Q train on March 1.

The victim fell asleep after he got on the Manhattan-bound train at Coney Island at 5 pm and nodded off, according to police.

He awoke at the DeKalb Avenue station near Flatbush Avenue later and noticed that someone had stolen his bag — which contained birth certificates, social security cards, and keys, cops said.

Copper robber

A sneak stole copper wires from a building roof on Nevins Street sometime between Feb. 7 and March 6.

The lout took the wires, worth some $5,000, from the building at Flatbush Avenue in the span of a month, according to cops.

The Sanchez swindle!

A charlatan scammed a Grace Court woman out of $6,000 worth of gift cards on March 7.

The shyster called the woman, who lives near Hicks Street, between 8:45 am and 12:15 pm pretending to be a U.S. Marshall by the name of William Sanchez, and told the victim that her Social Security had been compromised and asked for gift cards to clear her name, according to cops.

All expenses paid

A crook stole more than $22,000 from a company on Washington Street between Feb. 13 and March 6.

The scammer wrote fraudulent checks in the name of the business near Front Street and took the money from its account sometime between the two dates, cops said.

Bar thief

A lout stole a man’s bookbag at a Front Street bar on March 9.

The victim told cops that he left his bag — along with his jacket, laptop, wallet, and tablet — unattended in the watering hole near Pearl Street at 3:30 am, and when he returned to it a half hour later, somebody had taken it, police said.


A filcher stole a woman’s wallet at an Albee Square West department store on March 9.

The woman told police she was browsing the store near Fleet Street between 1:35 and 2:35 pm when her wallet went missing from her bag, which she had placed on her shopping cart, according to the authorities.

Phony strikes again!

A fraudster scammed a man out of his laptop with fake cash on Jay Street on March 5.

The victim arranged to meet up with the hoaxer after they sealed the deal via the “Let Go” app, at High Street at 3:30 pm, according to cops.

The sneak gave the victim $2,150 in cash for the computer, but when he later went to deposit it, an official at the bank told him that 21 of the $100 bills were fake, according to police.

A strikingly similar incident happened a week earlier on Montague Street.

— Kevin Duggan