Shot in the back
A 29-year-old man was arrested Christmas morning for shooting a cabbie in the back while in the cab near Avenue T and Coney Island Avenue — and then making off with his victim’s ride.
The cabbie picked up a man and a woman just after midnight, but things got hairy when the couple began arguing in the back seat.
The man pulled a gun and was motioning with the weapon when it went off, punching a hole through the back of the driver’s seat — straight into the cabbie’s back.
Both the wounded cabbie and the woman jumped out of the car and ran off.
Instead of doing the same, the gunman, who police said has an extensive criminal record, jumped behind the wheel and drove off — only to be pulled over by police a short time later.
Paramedics rushed the cabbie to Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.
Cops charged their 29-year-old suspect with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and car theft — although police sources said it was unclear if the shooter intended to shoot the cabbie or if the gun just went off during the argument.
A thug broke into a 2006 Toyota Camry parked on E. Ninth Street on Dec. 20, taking a laptop computer and a credit card he later used at a nearby gas station.
The car’s owner left the vehicle parked between Quentin Road and Kings Highway at 3:30 pm. When the owner returned a short time later, someone had shattered the passenger side window and looted its cabin.
Thieves broke into Henry’s Deli on Avenue S on Dec. 13, taking $3,000.
Workers at the store, which is between E. 29th Street and Nostrand Avenue, said someone forced open the steel security gate at 4 am. The crooks broke the locks to the front door before raiding the place, employees told police.
A slippery criminal wormed his way into an E. 12th Street home on Dec. 12, taking a 40-inch plasma television and a laptop computer.
The thief entered the home, which is between Avenues R and S, sometime after 9 am after forcing open a window by a fire escape, the tenant told police.
Avenue L looting
Thieves repelled into an Avenue L store on Dec. 13, taking $4,000 and an assortment of cigarettes.
Burglars smashed several roof panels as they cut their way inside the store, which is near Nostrand Avenue, workers told police.
Caught on camera
Two goons were arrested on Dec. 9 after they were caught — on tape — trying to steal a change machine from an Ocean Parkway apartment building.
Security guards told police that the thieves — the oldest 50, the youngest 29 — entered the building, which is between Quentin Road and Kings Highway, by squirming through a basement window at 1:05 pm.
A video surveillance camera inside the laundry room caught them trying to take the change machine, but ultimately running off empty handed.
Left on blocks
Tire thieves burned rubber through our neighborhoods recently. Here’s what happened:
• Thieves converged on a 2010 Honda Accord left parked on E. 29th Street on Dec. 14, leaving the car on cinderblocks.
The owner of the vehicle said the theft happened sometime after he parked the car at midnight between Avenue P and Quentin Road.
• Someone removed four 19-inch alloy wheels from a new car parked on Avenue R on Dec. 14 — leaving the car’s owner $4,000 in the hole.
The car was sitting parked between E. 17th and E. 18th streets between 1 and 9 am when the thieves swapped the pricey tires for cinderblocks.