Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights
A phony lawyer duped a 70th Street woman out of $2,000 on July 9. A man impersonating an attorney called the 91-year-old woman, who lives between 10th and 11th avenues in Dyker Heights, sometime between 9:30 am and 11:30 am and said her grandson had been in an accident and was arrested, police said. The conman caller got the woman to purchase $2,000 in prepaid debit cards and wire him the money, according to law enforcement sources. The scam is so common that police have warned that anyone demanding cash on a prepaid card over the phone is probably running a con.
A thief with a thing for fashion stole a designer handbag, sunglasses, clothing, and an iPad from a 91st Street home on July 6. The perp entered the home — which sits between Third and Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge — sometime between 6 pm and 6:30 pm that Sunday, officials said. The victim could not recall whether the door was locked, and there were no signs of forced entry, police said. The stolen goods were valued at $3,155, reports state.
A burglar hauled off $18,077 in tools from a Ridge Boulevard basement sometime between July 3 and July 5. The thief entered the home near 77th Street in Bay Ridge through a basement window sometime between 5 pm Thursday and 1 pm Saturday and removed the gear, police said.
Two gunman snatched $80 from a teenager walking at the corner of Third Avenue and 99th Street in Bay Ridge on June 6. The pair approached the 19-year-old between 10:30 pm and 10:40 pm, whipped out a silver and black pistol, and told the victim to freeze, police said. One of the perps slipped the cash from the complainant’s pocket and fled the scene, reports state.
Police arrested a man who allegedly stole a phone at knife-point on 62nd Street on July 8. The perp allegedly cornered a pedestrian on 62nd Street near Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park between 11:40 am and 11:45 am, brandished a blade, and swiped the victim’s phone, police said. Officers from the 68th Precinct put out a call and neighboring 72nd Precinct picked up the suspect at Sixth Avenue and 62nd Street.
— Max Jaeger
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