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62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Hostage to fortune

A pair of gun-toting miscreants held an employee hostage in a King’s Highway store on Jan. 12 while they stole $700 and five packages of cigarettes.

The pair entered the store at W. Second Street with hoodies and facemasks at around 9 am, when they grabbed the employee behind the counter and taped his hands together with packing tape.

One of the no-goodniks locked the front door, and the other flashed a firearm and began to hit him on the head and face. After, they dragged him of the back to the store and began punching him on his head and torso. The man said they stole $700 from the register as well as cigarettes, and fled on foot on W. Second Street towards Quentin Road.

Phone a friend

A lout stole a man’s phone and threatened his life at his Bay Parkway home on Dec. 11, police said.

The perp followed the man out of a King’s Highway coffee shop and eventually asked to use his phone, prompting the two to walk to the man’s home near W. 12th Street at around 6 pm.

But when the victim asked for his phone back, the crook told him that he had a knife and demanded he choose between his life or phone.

Check it

A weasel cashed two checks from a 65th Street resident’s construction services company on Jan. 8, according to police.

The crook deposited the checks totaling $3,140 at around 9 am at W. Fifth Street.

Checks out

A thief stole more than $11,000 from a Cropsey Avenue man’s checking account on Jan. 9

The man, who lives between Bay 17th Street and 18th Avenue, believes the swindler used his personal information to gain access to his checking account with a debit card.

He then used the card to withdraw $9,000, and then made a $2,000 purchase at the Apple Store. He also withdrew almost $100 from a College Point Boulevard cash machine.

Snowball fight

A brute pushed a young boy’s head onto a metal gate when he and his friend were throwing snowballs at passing cars on King’s Highway on Jan. 10.

The boys were throwing snowballs near the bus stop between W. Third and W. Fourth streets at 2:30 pm when a man stopped, got out of his car, said “you like throwing snowballs?” and pushed the boy’s head onto the gate, cutting his head and causing bleeding and pain.

Emergency medical personnel took the victim to Coney Island Hospital.

Show me the money

A duo of thieves demanded that a man give them his money on 24th Avenue on Jan. 14 before striking him on the ear, and then stealing $4 from his pants pocket.

The assault and theft went down at Cropsey Avenue at around 8:45 am. The perps fled on Cropsey Avenue towards Bay 37th Street and the victim was taken to Coney Island Hospital.

Window of opportunity

A thief broke into an 84th Street apartment through the fire escape window and stole $1,600 worth of cash and jewelry on Jan. 9, police said.

The no-goodnik crept into the apartment at New Utrecht Avenue at around 8:30 am and exited the same way.

— Julianne McShane

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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