Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights
Two vicious villains beat and robbed a cabbie and stole his car on 85th Street on Jan. 9, according to a police report.
The cabbie picked the pair up in Gowanus around 8 pm and drove them to an address near 12th Avenue, but one of them pulled a gun on him and demanded cash when it came time to pay their fare, police reported. The victim ran from the car when the brutes started punching him in the head and the two hopped up front and drove off, according to authorities.
They only made it about 10 blocks before crashing the taxi on Bay Eighth Street, police said. They fled the scene with $250 they found in the cab.
Two good-for-nothings masquerading as pizza delivery men shook down a female employee at an 11th Avenue spa on Jan. 9.
The two rang the doorbell at the spa near 66th Street around 4:20 am, police said. When the woman opened the door, the ruffians forced their way inside, and one pulled a handgun on her, she told cops.
They got away with her cellphone, another woman’s cellphone, and $300 in cash, according to police.
A thief broke into a 13th Avenue bodega overnight on Jan. 6 and stole 20 cartons of cigarettes and cash, police said.
The owner closed the store between 74th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway around 11 pm the night before. He told police he returned to find a back door wide open.
The nogoodnik grabbed $600 cash on top of a cigarette haul that up to about $2,000, according to a police report. The thief likely got to the back of the building through a construction site next door, police said.
A cat burglar stole some spools of copper wire from what should have been a secure water treatment plant on Shore Road sometime between New Year’s Eve and Jan. 5.
The thief broke into a “processing center” at the site between Colonial Road and 68th Street sometime between 2 pm on New Year’s Eve and 9 am on Jan. 5, according to police. He got away with four spools of the wire worth around $2,200.
At least some of the 60 security cameras at the site should have caught him carrying out the caper, but only one of the cameras was actually working at the time, according to police.
Scammers swindled a Marine Avenue woman out of $8,000 on Jan. 4 by posing as tax collectors, police said.
The woman told police she received a call at her home near 94th Street around 11 am from a man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. They told her she owed her the money, so she went to a Western Union later that afternoon and wired it to them.
Police have not yet determined where the fraudsters are running their scheme.
— Dennis Lynch