An unusually nimble thief stole a purse off of a S. Second Street roof on July 19, right out from under its sleeping owner’s nose.
The victim told the police she was tanning on the second-story roof of her apartment near Marcy Avenue when she fell asleep. Upon awakening, the victim discovered that her purse, which contained credit cards and personal effects, was missing.
Police checked camera footage from both inside and outside the building and found no unusual activity or signs of forced entry anywhere.
Shooting on Ten Eyck
A masked marauder shot a Williamsburg man in a play area off Ten Eyck Walk on July 17 for reasons that remain unclear.
According to a report, officers were nearby when the shooter fired a nine-millimeter round into the victim’s leg and then immediately fled toward Bushwick Avenue. Emergency medical technicians later arrived on the scene and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
The police have reason to suspect that the victim is affiliated with the Latin Kings gang, however, they have not declared the crime gang-related at this time.
A scheming employee has been forging scrap return vouchers, resulting in the Maspeth Avenue business paying real money for imaginary scrap to the tune of $10,000.
The owner of the business near Varick Avenue told the police that the swindler issued the fake vouchers to several other crooks, who in turn, turned them in for cash. According to the police report, the con has been going on since the beginning of the year.
School of hard knocks
Punks beat and robbed a teen outside of his school on Heyward Street in the afternoon of July 16.
The victim’s mother told the police that the teen was jumped outside his high school by several delinquents who proceeded to punch and kick the victim, in addition to stealing his smartphone, while shouting “Don’t f— with Bushwick.”
According to a report, the victim is familiar with the miscreants as students from other nearby high schools, however, no arrests have been made.
Just not fare
A lying lout and his cronies robbed a cab driver on Bushwick Avenue on July 15.
The driver told police when he pulled up to an address near Boerum Street the scoundrel in the backseat stated he had no money. He asked the cabbie to wait for someone to come down to pay his fare.
Shortly thereafter, several men approached the taxi and, along with the felonious fare, demanded that the driver surrender any money he had on him, making away with approximately $100 in cash, according to the police report.
— Harry MacCormack