Broad daylight mugging outside of MetroTech

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

MetroTech mugging

A mugger whacked a woman in the head while she sat in her car in front of MetroTech Center and stole her cash and money order on June 30, police said.

The 28-year-old woman said she was parked on Jay Street near the Myrtle Promenade at 1 pm when the goon came over, hit her in the dome, and yanked away $100 in cash and a $700 money order. The scoundrel then jumped in a silver Toyota and took off on Jay Street towards Tillary Street, according to the authorities.

Jewels run

A thief stole a ton of jewelry from a Grace Court apartment sometime between June 26 and June 29, according to a police report.

The 69-year-old victim said she left her home between Hicks and Furman streets at 4 pm on June 26, and when she returned at 5:30 pm three days later the jewelry was gone.

She also related that painters were in the apartment while she was away, and that the stolen items were in a dresser but not locked up. The baubles taken included a pair of diamond earrings, two pairs of gold earrings, and three gold rings, a police report says.

A view to nil

A prowler crept into a Nevins Street building on June 30 and stole the belongings of the workers who were repairing the roof overhead, police stated.

A 44-year-old roofer said he was on top of the building between Flatbush Avenue and Livingston Street from 9 am until 11:15 am, and that when he came down the items were nowhere to be found.

The stolen stuff included two cellphones, $150 in cash, a bunch of clothes, and credit and debit cards, cops said.

Wayward wallet

A pickpocket snatched a woman’s wallet from her purse as she walked along Livingston Street on July 1, officers said.

A 34-year-old woman said she was walking along the crowded Livingston Street sidewalk at noon when someone bumped her hard as she approached the corner of Nevins Street. She checked her handbag a moment later and noticed that her billfold was gone, cops said.

The wallet contained $420 in cash, plus birth certificates and other personal documents, according to a police report.

Quick on the out-take

A car burglar took a bag full of clothes and $1,000 in cash from a woman’s parked car on Chapel Street on July 4, law enforcement officials said.

The 32-year-old shopper said she left her car near the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension at 11:45 am, with a bag of clothes from H&M and a bunch of cash inside. When she returned at 1:40 pm, the bag and the money had been stolen, cops said.

Missing in action

A thief cleared out a man’s gym locker while he worked out in the establishment on Livingston Street on July 5, police said.

The 21-year-old fitness buff said he started exercising at the fitness center between Elm Place and Bond Street at noon, and when he returned to the locker room at 2:45 pm, his belongings had been burgled.

The locker contained clothes, shoes, debit and credit cards, and an asthma inhaler, he said.

Pick and roll

A lowlife stole a wallet from a woman’s purse while she shopped in a Fulton Mall department store on July 6, according to a report.

The 43-year-old shopper said she was in the store between Gallatin Place and Hoyt Street at 3:20 pm when someone bumped into her and took the billfold from her bag. The wallet contained $120 in cash and a credit card, officers said.

Two-wheel steal

An anti-social motorcycle-phile stole a hog from Main Street in Dumbo on July 2, police said.

The 26-year-old owner said that a friend parked the bike between Plymouth and Water streets at 2:30 am, and that when he went to retrieve it at 4:30 am, the bike was gone. The ride was a black 2011 Yamaha, law enforcement officials said.

Raid in the shade

A crook swiped a woman’s sunglasses at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station on June 29, according to a report.

The victim said she had arrived at the station on a Brooklyn-bound D train at 2 pm and she noticed the shades missing as she climbed the exit stairs.

The specs were a pair of white Oakleys with clear lenses, cops said.

Lifted shopper

A thief pinched a woman’s purse while her daughter tried on some clothes at a Livingston Street store on July 4, police reported.

The 43-year-old shopper said she and her daughter were in the business between Hoyt and Bond streets at 5:30 pm. The daughter placed the handbag in a shopping cart while she went into the changing room, and when she returned the bag was gone, police said.

The red leather purse contained $80 in cash, a cellphone, and a debit card, according to a police report.

— Matthew Perlman

94th Precinct


Closing time

Police arrested a man for allegedly roughing up bodega clerk and stealing his property on Manhattan Avenue on July 6.

The 22-year-old victim said he was sweeping the floor inside the store between India and Huron streets at 10:40 pm when the suspect came in and started screaming and tried hitting him. The accused then grabbed the victim’s necklace and shirt and demanded he come outside to fight, police stated. The fellow in custody ran off with the victim’s baseball cap and chain, according to a police report. A few hours later that night, the victim saw the suspect standing outside and called police, the report states.

Berry bad behavior

A prankster assaulted a woman after she tried to take pictures of the miscreant stealing a street sign at Berry Street and N. Seventh Street on July 10, according the authorities.

The victim reported that she was standing at the corner at 12:40 am when she saw the ill-mannered lady climb up the signpost and try to remove the Berry Street placard. The not-so-merry prankster saw the woman snap a photo, hopped down, and demanded she delete it, law enforcement officials said.

She then grabbed the victim’s hair and started whaling on her, according to cops. The two louts the aggressor was with proceeded to grab the victim’s phone and rifle through her bag, officers stated. The victim grabbed her property back and the ruffians ran down Berry Street toward N. Sixth Street, per a report.

Manhattan puncture

A security guard at a store on Manhattan Avenue chased a shoplifter down the street on July 9 and got stabbed with a stick his trouble, police recounted.

The victim said he was working at the establishment between Norman and Meserole streets at 4:05 pm when he saw the lowlife stuff a bunch of razors into his bag and leave without paying. The merchandise minder ran after the scoundrel and, when he caught up to him at the corner of Calyer Street, the fiend picked up a stick off of the sidewalk and jammed a hole in his arm with it, according to a police report. The guard somehow still managed to grab the goods and the sticky-fingered knucklehead scrammed, cops said.

Money matters

Cops cuffed a guy who they say choked a woman who asked him for money he owed on McGuinness Boulevard on July 6.

The 28-year-old victim told police that she found the suspect standing in front of a building between Norman and Nassau avenues at 11:40 pm and had gotten into an argument with him over the unpaid debt when he suddenly punched her in the face, threw her to the ground, and started throttling her. The lady suffered cuts to her nose, lip, neck, and legs, but refused medical attention, according to police. Officers found the fellow and arrested him and charged him with assault, they said.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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