Gnarly intruder nabs quarterpipe from Clinton Hill backyard

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Backside disaster

A burglar stole electronics, a skateboard, and a skateboard ramp from a Steuben Street apartment sometime between Oct. 13 and Oct. 17, police reported.

A 25-year-old tenant told cops the rear window was unlocked when she left the building between Myrtle and Park avenues at 7 pm on Oct. 13, and that when she returned home at 2 am on Oct. 17, she noticed the items taken.

The loot included a cellphone, laptop, and a skateboard from inside the apartment, and in probably the biggest bummer of all, a bicycle and a quarter pipe from the backyard, according to a police report.

Scooter looter

A bandit stole an electric wheelchair from in front of an Adelphi Street building on Oct. 31, cops said.

The 49-year-old owner said he left the Prowler four-wheel scooter between Greene Avenue and Fulton Street at 5 pm, and when he returned at 8:30 pm, it was gone.

Instant giveaway

An opportunist took a drunk man’s bicycle near Clinton and Park avenues on Oct. 27, according to the authorities.

The 40-year-old cyclist said he was intoxicated at the intersection at 5:53 pm when the stranger came over and told him to dismount. The victim said he got off the bike because he was drunk, and that when he did the guy hopped on and took off.

All Hallow’s thieves

A gang of masked teens robbed a woman on Clermont Avenue in the early morning hours of Nov. 1, according to police.

The 17-year-old victim said she was between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues at 3:15 am when five pint-sized fiends approached, shoved her to the ground, and yanked away her bag.

The ghouls took off running on Clermont towards DeKalb Avenue, according to a police report. The bag contained cash, a cellphone, and credit cards, the report says.

Walking wounded

Someone shot a man in the stomach in front of a Fleet Walk building on Oct. 27, and the victim managed to walk to the hospital an hour later, officers stated.

The 27-year-old victim said the gunman fired three shots at him with a handgun as he left his building between Prince and Navy streets at 10:20 pm. He ran down Prince Street towards Myrtle Avenue but collapsed under some construction scaffolding, according to a report.

An hour after passing out, the victim awoke and walked the two blocks to Brooklyn Hospital Center, where doctors performed surgery but were not able to recover the bullet, law enforcement officials said.


Police arrested a teenager who they say injured an officer while refusing to leave a Monument Walk basketball court on Oct. 4, where the teen was shooting a music video.

An officer reported that he found the suspect shooting a rap video at the court between Park and Myrtle avenues at 12:20 am, and that the court closes at 10 pm. When the officer asked the 16-year-old suspect to leave, he refused and became violent, police said.

The teen resisted arrest as officers tried to cuff him, causing one officer to fracture his elbow, according to an account. Officers did not file the report until Oct. 28.

Rocking out

A teen hit a woman in the face with a rock at Lafayette Avenue and S. Oxford Street on Oct. 29, according to the authorities.

The 28-year-old victim said she was walking and sending a text message at 3:30 pm, and when she looked up a group of youths was blocking her way.

One of the little bullies hit the victim in the face with a rock, spit on her, and shoved her, then the whole crew took off, cops said.

Melodious menace

A miscreant with a discerning eye stole a bunch of stringed instruments and a computer from a Cambridge Place apartment on Oct. 30, according to a police report.

The 30-year-old victim reported he left the building between Greene and Gates avenues at 2:15 pm, and when he returned at 11:45 that night, his stuff was gone. A security camera from a nearby restaurant caught two prowlers removing items from the apartment and placing them in a car, police said.

The sneaks made off with a vintage acoustic guitar, two Civil War-era banjos, a Czech cello, and a laptop, the victim reported. He said the items were worth $16,750.

Citi Bike bust

Cops arrested a man in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Oct. 26, for stealing a Citi Bike from its dock on the corner of Myrtle and Clinton avenues, a report says.

Officers spotted the 22-year-old suspect riding the bike recklessly on the sidewalk of Throop Avenue between Park and Myrtle avenues at 3:43 am, they said. They stopped the guy, checked with the bike-share program, and found out that the bike was not authorized to be out of its dock, according to a police report.

Phone snatch catch

Cops arrested a teen with the help of a bystander after he allegedly snatched a cellphone at Greene and Washington avenues on Oct. 27.

The witness said he saw the 14-year-old suspect approach the victim with two others at 4:30 pm and ask for the time. When the victim checked, one of the guys grabbed the phone and tossed it to the suspect, who started running, according to cops.

The witness chased the suspect to the corner of Greene and Vanderbilt avenues, where he retrieved the phone and held the suspect until police arrived, officers stated.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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