Dial ‘L’ for lockup: Man threatened cops with phone in gov building, officers say

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Important call

Police arrested a man who they said threatened officers with a phone after he made a call without permission in the Human Resources Administration office on Court Street on Sept. 30.

Cops said the 65-year-old suspect entered the office between Livingston and Joralemon streets at 4:30 pm, and was told to leave. The man stayed and made a call from the office phone, and when officers arrived to remove him he allegedly resisted arrest and threatened them with the phone, according to a police report.

When the officers tried to take him into custody, he supposedly started punching and scratching the cops, the report says.

Hard at lurk

A sneak ripped off a work van parked on Atlantic Avenue on Sept. 29, stealing three drills, cops said.

A 58-year-old worker reported that he parked the van between Smith Street and Boerum Place at 11 am, and when he returned at 12:45 pm, the door had been broken and three drills were gone.

Trust issues

Someone stole a laptop and debit card from a John Street art and media space on Sept. 30, according to police.

The 31- and 23-year-old victims told cops they went to a meeting inside the cultural building between Pearl and Jay streets at 10:37 am. One left his laptop and the other left her wallet unattended in the common area, they said. They returned 15 minutes later to find their stuff taken, according to the authorities.

Someone used the woman’s credit card at Macy’s before she could cancel it, cops said.

Mean teens

A group of belligerent teens punched a man in the face and stole his cellphone on the corner of Clinton and Joralemon streets on Sept. 30, the authorities said.

The 35-year-old victim said he was walking home at 7:20 pm when a group of youths approached him, socked him in the kisser, and took his phone. The kids took off on Joralemon heading towards Court Street, according to a police report.

Cops tracked the phone to the intersection of Bedford and Gates avenues before it went dark, the report states.


Cops cuffed a teen who they say tried to swipe a bunch of T-shirts from a Fulton Street clothing store on Sept. 30, then slashed a knife at the security guard who tried to stop him.

Employees of the store said they saw the suspect enter the store between Gallatin Place and Smith Street at 3:30 pm. He allegedly grabbed 16 shirts and headed for the exit, and when the security guard tried to stop him he pulled out the blade and started swinging, according to a police report.

The accused then bolted out the door heading towards Bridge Street on Fulton Street, officers reported. Cops picked up the 14-year-old the next day, the authorities said.

Sleeper creeper

A sneak tiptoed into a Hicks Street apartment on Oct. 2 while the residents were asleep and bagged $50 in cash, a laptop, and a debit card, police said.

The 26-year-old man and 36-year-old woman said they were sawing logs in their apartment between State Street and Atlantic Avenue when the thief struck, sometime between 10:45 am to 11:10 am.

Their front door was unlocked and they noticed the items were gone two hours later, according to a police report.

Snap attack

An unhinged man chucked his Snapple bottle at a guy during a dispute in front of an Atlantic Avenue store on Oct. 2, then busted the store’s window, according to cops.

The 27-year-old victim said he was in a fight with the angry fellow on the sidewalk of Atlantic Avenue between Third and Fourth avenues at 5:30 pm when the guy threw his juice, hitting him in the arm.

Then the lout picked up the bottle, and threw it through the store’s front window, cops said.

Dog days

A crook snatched a woman’s cash as she was buying a hotdog from a street vendor on Joralemon Street on Sept. 29, officers stated.

The 55-year-old woman said she was at the hotdog cart between Court Street and Boerum Place at 5:45 pm and placed her purse on the shelf.

Then the thief came up, pushed her, grabbed the handbag, and jetted, NYPD officials said. The woman said her bag contained $250 in cash.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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