Purse snatch • Brooklyn Paper

Purse snatch

76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook

Bag bozo

Someone snatched a woman’s purse on Degraw Street on Dec. 19.

The 48-year-old victim said she left the bag under her car seat at around 2 pm near Columbia Street, and when she returned to the vehicle five minutes later, the thief had already struck, making off with three credit cars and $100.

Notre lame

A “hunchback” burglarized a First Place lobby on Dec. 20.

A witness told cops he saw a man leaving the building, which is near Court Street, at around 7:05 pm, hunched over and carrying a shopping bag. The 49-year-old victim said the boob, who had a noticable hump akin to Quasimodo, made off with the contents of her parcel — videos worth $150.

Red robbin’

A thug robbed a man at gunpoint on Court Street on Dec. 20.

The 24-year-old victim said he was near W. Ninth Street at 11:56 pm when the jerk pounced, brandishing a pistol and demanding cash. The creep made off with a $50 Samsung cellphone, five credit cards, and a driver’s license.

Carroll creep

A mugger stole cash from a man on Garnet Street on Dec. 20.

The 53-year-old victim said he was on his way to catch a bus near Court Street, when the thief sidled up to him at 11:40 am and said, “Let me get that money.” The pushy perp shoved his hand in the victim’s pocket and made off with $230.

— Gary Buiso

84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Oh, poo!

Some thug stole a laptop and camera from the Blue Barn Pictures shop on Jay Street on Dec. 20 while the manager was in the bathroom.

The worker said that he was only gone for a second, but when he went back inside the shop near Water Street at about 9:20 am, his equipment was gone. He had security cams capture all the action, but cops still can’t find the perp.

Earring fail

A perp stole a ritzy $30,000 pair of earrings from a State Street shop on Dec. 20.

An employee told cops that the thief came into the beloved jewelry store, which is near Court Street, at about 3:30 pm and said, “I would like to look at those earrings” before she pulled out the diamond-studded beauties. When she did, he ripped them out of her hands and fled the store.

Bag boy

A fast perp grabbed a woman’s handbag when she set it down outside the Macy’s on the Fulton Mall on Dec. 21.

The woman said that she’d just put her bag down on a “stand” outside the shop, which is near Lawrence Street, at about 4:20 pm. The perp came running around the corner and snatched the bag before she could react — and he made off with a phone and cash.

Columbia heist

A fast-acting thief took a woman’s bag right off of her shoulder on Clark Street on Dec. 23.

The woman said that she was near Columbia Heights when she felt a tap on her shoulder at about 6:20 pm. She turned to meet the perp, who grabbed her expensive bag, containing $120 and a cellphone, and fled.

Macy’s theft

A quick-handed thief took a woman’s bag when she wasn’t looking at Macy’s on Dec. 22.

The woman told cops that she was pushing a stroller containing the bag at the Fulton Mall store, which is near Lawrence Street, at about 11:50 am. When she looked away for an instant, her bag was gone, along with $106, Burberry perfume, and a bag of clothes from the just-opened Aeropostale nearby.


A jerk stole a man’s wallet inside Planet Fitness on Duffield Street on Dec. 22.

The victim said he left his wallet on the treadmill at the frequent crime scene, which is near Fulton Street, at about 9:20 pm. When he returned minutes later, the wallet was gone, along with $900.

R-ipped off

A phoneless creep snatched a woman’s iPhone on an R train at DeKalb Avenue on Dec. 21.

The woman said that she was on the train, which was stopped under Flatbush Avenue Extension, at about 1 pm when the dude sitting next to her grabbed the expensive device and fled.

— Andy Campbell

78th Precinct

Park Slope

Gym rat

Some meathead swiped a wallet from a Fifth Avenue gym on Dec. 22 while its owner was lifting weights.

The victim told cops that he was at the health club, which is between 14th and 15th streets, at around 3 pm. He placed his wallet on a bench so that he could pump some iron for a few minutes, but when he returned for the wallet, which contained cards and cash, it was gone.

Bike theft

Some jerk gershed a bicycle on Second Street overnight on Dec. 24.

The victim told cops that she left her ride outside of her home, which is between Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue, at around 4:30 pm. When she went to get the bike the next morning, it was gone.


A thief swiped a wallet from a patient at New York Methodist Hospital on Sixth Street overnight on Dec. 19.

Cops say that the victim was spending the night in the hospital, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, when someone crept into her room, rifled through her bag and nabbed her wallet that contained cards and cash.

It’s at least the seventh such theft this year from suffering patients at the medical institution this year, a surprisingly frequent locale in our police blotter.

Mac took

Some tech geek stole an Apple MacBook pro from the Seventh Street Mac Support store on Dec. 20.

Cops say that the pricey laptop was locked to a table in the store, which is between Second and Third avenues, but it was taken sometime between 4 pm and 6 pm.

Goya grab

Someone stole a laptop, a navigation system and 16 bottles of booze from a Goya Foods truck parked in front of the Pathmark on 12th Street.

Cops say that the thief broke the rear passenger side window of the truck, which is along Second Avenue, around 12:30 pm to swipe the array of goods.

— Alex Rush

90th Precinct


White lie

Three teenage perps stole a man’s i-Phone and wallet after confronting him at White Street on Dec. 26.

The perps approached the man near Varet Street at 2:50 pm, and one asked, “Do you know what time it is?”

Then they followed him, and one thief asked, “Give me your phone and your wallet.” The victim surrendered both, and the bad guys fled.

Grand burg

A thief bored a hole in the door of a Grand Street apartment on Dec. 24 and stole a computer and jewelry.

The tenant told cops that he left his apartment at 5:30 pm, but when he returned to his apartment near Havemeyer Street at 10:30 pm the next day, he found his door damaged and his stuff stolen.

— Aaron Short

Gifts gone

A thief broke into a car loaded with Christmas gifts and, more important, Adderall on Dec. 23, ruining someone’s holiday.

The driver said that he parked on S. Fourth Street at 7:30 pm, but when he returned to the spot near Berry Street an hour later, he found the rear window was broken and his luggage, presents and pills were stolen.

Subaru stolen

A thief stole a car off Grand Street on Dec. 19.

The driver parked his car at 10 pm, but when he returned to the spot near Roebling Street 24 hours later, the car was missing.

Morgan train

Three perps prevented a straphanger from entering the Morgan Avenue subway station on Dec. 24 — and stole his phone instead.

The perps blocked the man from the subway at Harrison Place at 3:30 pm, and demanded either his phone or cash. He surrendered his phone and boarded the train.

Hooper hijinx

A gunman struck a man with his pistol inside his Hooper Street building on Dec. 20, demanding $600.

The perp followed his victim inside his home near S. Fifth Street, brandishing a firearm. He smashed his victim’s head with the gun and demanded cash. When the victim said he didn’t have any, the perp fled.

More from Around New York