Robbed before drop off
An employee of a local auto dealer was held up at gunpoint just as he was about to deposit the day’s receipts.
The 32-year-old from Bay Ridge Volkswagen said that he was walking along 94th Street toward Third Avenue on his way to a Chase Bank a block away when an unidentified black male approached with a gun in his hand.
“Give it to me, you know what I’m talking about,” the man said, motioning to the late-night deposit bag the victim had in his possession.
The thief ran off with the bag, which contained over $42,000 in cash and checks.
Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential.
Blades and broken hearts
A 30-year-old man had a knife raked across his face during a far-from-friendly meet up with his lover’s ex-husband, officials said.
Police said that the victim was at his girlfriend’s home on Ridge Boulevard near 88th Street at 5:30 p.m. January 10 when the woman’s ex-husband, identified as 33-year-old Anthony Beneziano, showed up.
When the two men started arguing, Beneziano allegedly pulled a knife and attacked, cutting the younger man in the face and hip.
The 30-year-old was taken to an area hospital where he received stitches. Cops took Beneziano into custody, charging him with assault, menacing and weapon’s possession, officials said.
Talk about a group of two-bit hoods. Thieves entering two homes in Bay Ridge this week ended up getting nothing but pocket change from their victims, although one of them had a passion for coins.
A 33-year-old Wakeman Place resident near Bergen Place told police that someone broke through the rear window of his home on the afternoon of January 15, stealing a HP computer and his collection of gold and silver coins from his bedroom.
Despite being rare, the coins — some of which were from Mexico — added up to only $200, the victim said.
Two days earlier, thieves broke into a 10th Avenue home near 63rd Street, taking $15 in assorted coins, officials said.
A Mac Notebook was among an assortment of computer equipment stolen from a 68th Street home last week, officials said.
The 22-year-old victim said that she was only away from her home between Third and Fourth avenues for a half hour on the afternoon of January 14 when someone forced in the door, taking the notebook, as well as an iPod Touch and Dell laptop.
Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.
Tool taker sought
A 44-year-old 72nd resident returned home from a short holiday to find that someone had rifled through his basement.
The victim said that a pipe machine, several drills, a cement nail gun and a cement mixer were removed from the home, located near Third Avenue sometime between January 9 and January 11.
Whoever broke in forced the basement door, police learned.
Manhandling couple sought
A crooked couple are still being sought for grabbing a woman off the street and escorting her to the corner of 76th Street and Sixth Avenue, where they ultimately mugged her.
The frazzled victim told police that she was walking along Fifth Avenue near 72nd Street on her way to a nearby travel agency on the morning of January 7 when a 38-year-old woman grabbed her by the arm.
“Come with me, pretend you’re my cousin,” the woman said as she guided her up 72nd Street to Sixth Avenue.
“Don’t look back,” the stranger threatened as she led her to a male accomplice, also 38, waiting for them at 76th Street.
That’s when the woman snatched her purse, removing some jewelry and $700, officials said.
The victim told police she tried to snatch the money back, but the thieves grabbed it back and ran off, leaving her penniless.
Cops are investigating the woman’s claims as this paper went to press. It was unclear if the victim was specifically targeted or if the robbers selected her at random.