A 17-year-old lothario learned how expensive a little romance can be when he tried to haggle with an escort he invited to his Bath Beach apartment.
Cops from the 62nd Precinct said that the teen was beaten and robbed of three iPods after his jilted female companion called for some brutish backup.
Freely admitting his mistakes, the victim said that he called an escort service from a business card he had found at 10 a.m. on February 3.
A short time later, a 17-year-old woman was at his Bay 26th Street apartment, ready for action — for the right price.
When the victim said all he had to spend was $40, the two argued, police were told.
Outraged, the young woman made a phone call. A few minutes later, three “friends” were at the victim’s front door.
Once the young woman let them in, the unidentified males punched the victim in the head and ransacked the apartment, taking the three iPods.
They then escorted themselves out, cops were told.
Man. Beach menace
Cops are looking for three pistol-packing thugs who robbed a 24-year-old during a romantic rendezvous in Manhattan Beach.
The victim, a resident of Brighton Beach, said that he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house at 10:40 p.m. on January 22 when a dark blue Honda rolled up to him at the corner of Oriental Boulevard and Jaffray Street.
Three Hispanic males barreled out of the car, the victim told authorities. Two of the men had guns.
One of the suspects pistol-whipped the victim as his cohorts rifled through his pockets taking his Blackberry. They then sped off into the night, leaving the victim with a bad bruise.
Police said that they didn’t hear about this robbery until February 1, when the victim decided to report it.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.
Car taken, garage ransacked
Here’s an interesting way to break into a home: First break into the car in the driveway. Then hit the garage door opener.
Saying “open sesame” isn’t necessary.
A Bedford Avenue resident was saying anything but last week when he returned home to find his 2009 Lexus gone and his garage looted.
The victim said that he had left his home at 11 p.m. on February 4.
When he returned at 2 a.m. the next morning, the Lexus in his driveway was missing. So was several pieces of medical equipment — including an ultra sound machine — stored in the victim’s garage.
Cops were searching for the car/medical equipment thief as this paper went to press.
Two teens were in handcuffs last week after they allegedly popped a 13-year-old boy in the head and made off with his pizza pie.
Police alleged that two 16-year-olds grabbed their victim as he walked by them on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z on the afternoon of February 3.
They then allegedly punched the victim and ran off with the pie he was carrying, but they didn’t have very long to enjoy it.
Responding officers took them into custody a short time later, charging them with robbery.
Busted for purse snatch
Cops have arrested a 22-year-old allegedly responsible for choking a woman until she gave up her purse on 86th Street.
The victim, 47, said that she was nearing 25th Avenue at 1 a.m. on February 5 when Brandon Williams allegedly crept up from behind and began choking her.
He then shoved the woman to the ground, grabbed the purse and ran off to a nearby building, police alleged.
A cop conducting a vertical patrol of the apartment building took him into custody when he spotted Williams chucking the purse into a building incinerator. The purse had the victim’s ID in it, officials said.
Williams was charged with robbery.
Game goon sought
A 16-year-old was robbed of his PlayStation Portable, iPod Nano and a Sidekick cell phone following an example of brute force in Sheepshead Bay.
The victim said that he was waiting for his friend at the corner of Brown Street and Avenue X at 4:17 p.m. February 4 when an unidentified thief stormed up to him.
“Give me your iPod,” the thief demanded.
When the victim refused to comply, the thief started punching him. All the while, he had his hand in his jacket as if he had a firearm.
After several punches to the face, the victim offered up his property. The thief took it and ran off, officials said.
Caught in the act
A 16-year-old was in handcuffs last week after cops caught him trying to steal — of all things — a school bus, police alleged.
Prosecutors said that opportunity knocked as Gary Stevens walked by the unattended bus near the corner of East 15th Street and Avenue Z on the afternoon of February 2. The door was wide open and the keys to the bus were still in the ignition.
It was also a great opportunity for two attentive police officers, who saw Stevens walk by the bus and then heard the motor turn over, officials alleged.
The officers raced over and grabbed Stevens before he could sail off in his new school bus.
Stevens, however, wasn’t in the market for school buses that day.
According to published reports, he told the arresting officers that all he wanted to do was turn on the vehicle, close the door and take a nap.
Blade boys busted
Two young men were arrested in Brighton Beach Sunday following a botched knife-point robbery, police said.
Officials alleged that Joel Tlamai, 20, and Gilberto Velazquez, 16, surrounded their victim on Brighton 10 Path just before 9:30 p.m. on February 7.
One of the two men allegedly pulled a knife and demanded the victim’s money, but both suddenly got cold feet and ran off.
Responding officers from the 60th Precinct apprehended both men a short time later, charging them with robbery.
Preying on Pathmark, police
Cops arresting a woman for shoplifting in the Coney Island Pathmark found themselves with a bigger score after a brief search, police alleged.
Police said that they took Johanna Aragon, 32, into custody at 5:35 p.m. on February 7 after store employees caught her allegedly trying to sneak out of the supermarket with a pair of slippers, some lotion, and a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles.
But when cops searched her bag, they allegedly realized that Aragon had stolen something else — a fake police parking placard.
The would-be placard, a photocopy on paper, was allegedly found in her handbag, although it’s doubtful that it would fool anyone if it was left on someone’s dashboard.
Cops took Aragon into custody, charging her with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful use or possession of official police cards.
Left flat footed
A NYC traffic agent was left with some sore toes back in January when a woman he was giving a ticket to ran over his foot, police alleged.
Now, over a month later, she’s the one left flat — in a holding cell.
Chila Lati, 39, was apparently in a hurry as she did her errands on the afternoon of January 8, so much so that she parked her 1996 Ford in a crosswalk on Avenue U, police alleged.
She ran off and went to a nearby pharmacy to pick something up, but when she came outside the traffic agent was in the midst of writing her a ticket.
Officials said that Lati begged the agent not to write the ticket, but he ignored her.
Apparently seeing no other alternative, Lati jumped into her car and sped off, running over the agent’s foot in the process, police alleged.
After a brief investigation Lati was taken into custody on February 1, charged with assault.
Robbed in Brighton Beach
Ateenager was surrounded and robbed of his cash and iPod as he walked down Brighton 4th Road last week, officials said.
Police said that he was nearing Brighton 4th Street at 12:15 p.m. on January 27 when six young toughs approached him.
Encircling their victim, the thieves forced the teen to hand over his wallet, said police. They reportedly removed the cash and handed the wallet back before wresting the iPod from his victim’s hand. No injuries were reported.
Responding officers arrested one of the six thieves after a brief search.
That alleged thief, identified as 16-year-old Safael Olloa, was charged with robbery in the second degree, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, officials said.
Fur fiends sought
Over $250,000 in pricey furs were stolen from Manzari Fur & Leathers, 1696 86th Street, last week, area cops said.
Workers at the clothing store said that someone propped up the security gate sometime after closing at 8 p.m. on January 24 and smashed a glass front door.
The thief then fled with 160 mink coats from the store’s inventory.
Cops were trying to track down the thief as this paper went to press.