Hammer home invasion

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Hammer crime

Two goons beat a Whitman Houses resident with a hammer in his home on March 1 and made off with $200 in cash, a cellphone, and a wallet, cops said

The 50-year-old victim told police he was in his apartment on N. Portland Avenue between Park Avenue and Auburn Place at 7:05 pm, when he heard a knock on his door. He answered and saw a lowlife he knows by the name “Quick,” plus another villain, police said.

The two toughs started punching the victim and hitting him with a hammer, while yelling, “Where is my money?” according to a report. The louts then grabbed the goods and fled, police said.


A brute pushed a 48-year-old woman to the ground, punched her in the face, and stole her phone on Clermont Avenue on March 1, police reported.

The victim was walking between Park and Myrtle avenues at 10 pm when a cretin rushed up, pushed her down, and ripped the phone from her hand, cops said. The bruiser then whacked her and sped off in a car, according to a police report.

Fowl-up follow-up

Cops arrested a third teenager who they say took part in a Feb. 22 mob attack at a restaurant on Flatbush Avenue Extension.

The two victims told cops they were jumped by a crowd of teen hoodlums while in the restaurant between DeKalb Avenue and Fulton Streetsat 5:59 pm. Both were slashed with a box-cutter and required stitches, according to police.

One was cut on the neck and taken to Kings County Hospital and the other was sliced on his hand as he tried to protect his face and was taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center, police said.

Cops arrested a 15-year-old and 16-year-old later that day, and nabbed the third guy, a 17-year-old, on Feb. 26, reports said.

Sibling rivalry

A fiend tried to stab his sister in a Whitman Houses apartment on Feb. 25, according to police.

The 34-year-old victim told police she was in the apartment they share on N. Oxford Walk between Park and Myrtle avenues at 10:15 pm when she questioned her brother about a plastic bag she found in his bedroom and he got angry.

The galoot told her to leave and punched her in the face, cutting her lip, police said.

”I’m going to kill you. You are going to die,” he said before getting a knife from the kitchen and trying to shank her, according to cops.

The maniac fled before police arrived, the report said.

Tool’s out

A burglar broke into a van near the corner of Atlantic and Clermont avenues sometime between Feb. 23 and 25 and stole a navigation system and tools, cops said.

The van’s owner reported he parked at the intersection on Feb. 23 at 12:30 pm and, when he returned two days later at 1:50 am, the passenger-side lock was missing, along with his belongings.

Bike grief

Cops cuffed a 41-year-old man who they say stole a woman’s bicycle from her house on S. Portland Avenue on Feb. 26.

The 48-year-old victim said she saw the burglar enter her house near Fulton Street at 2:20 pm and take the Jamis bicycle. Police arrived and collared the criminal, according to a report.


A scammer drained a Saint James Place woman’s bank account of $1,198 between Dec. 26 and Feb. 12, police stated.

The 71-year-old victim, who lives between Lafayette and DeKalb avenues, said she sill has her card and that no one else has permission to use her account, a police report said.

Smash and nab

A crook smashed the passenger-side window of a parked car on Waverly Avenue sometime between Feb. 22 and 24 and grabbed a laptop and shoes, police said.

The 38-year-old victim told cops she parked between DeKalb and Willoughby avenues at 10 pm and, when she returned on Feb. 24 at 8 pm, the deed had been done.

Quick withdraw

A speedy thief broke into a car parked on Hanson Place on Feb. 25 and snagged a purse, cops said.

The 31-year-old victim parked between Fort Greene Place and S. Elliott Place at 4:30 pm and, when she returned 25 minutes later, her window was broken and her handbag was missing, authorities stated.

The bag contained a Coach wallet, an electronic tablet, makeup, and a debit card, according to a police report.

Another car break-in

A criminal shattered the window of a car on Willoughby Avenue on Feb. 26 and stole a backpack, police reported.

The owner, a 40-year-old woman, said she parked the car near the corner of Emerson Place at 8 am and came back at 3 pm to find the rear passenger-side window broken and her knapsack nicked, according to cops. The bag contained an electronic tablet, a laptop, and school books, a report said.

Unhappy hour

A bandit swiped woman’s purse from a chair inside a Myrtle Avenue bar on Feb. 25, police said.

The lady was hanging out in the pub between Clinton and Vanderbilt avenues at 7:30 pm and left her bag behind when she went to the bathroom, police said. When she returned, the Madewell tote had disappeared along with the Marc Jacobs wallet inside, according to authorities.

Phone fight

Cops collared a 49-year-old woman who they say destroyed someone’s cellphone inside the women’s shelter on Tillary Street on March 1.

The 26-year victim told police she was in the shelter between Prince and Navy streets when the wild woman grabbed the device from her pocket and threw it on the floor.

Un-cool runnings

A punk grabbed a woman’s cellphone right out of her hand while she walked on Lafayette Street on March 2, police stated.

The victim reported she was walking between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue at 6:40 pm when a lowlife appeared from behind, grabbed her phone, and ran, according to a report. She told police the thief turned left onto S. Portland, heading towards DeKalb Avenue.

Grand theft Caravan

An anti-social auto-phile swiped a 1993 Dodge Caravan from Vanderbilt Avenue sometime overnight on Feb. 23, cops said.

The 70 year-old owner said he parked the vehicle between Myrtle and Park Avenues at 6 pm and showed up at 8 the next morning to find the van vanished, according to a police report.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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