Burglar breaks doorknob and takes $20,000 from home

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Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest—
Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Doorknob breaker

A burglar robbed a house on Southgate Court on July 18, cops say.

A witness told cops he saw the thief breaking the doorknob of the house near W. First Street around 8 pm, so he went around the corner to call the police. When cops arrived, the sneak had already fled, taking $20,000 with him, police reported.

Phony lease

Some swindler tried to break into an E. 28th Street apartment on July 13, police say.

A witness told cops she saw the sneak trying to enter the apartment near Avenue V with a locksmith around 4 pm. When the witness confronted him, he showed her a lease that turned out to be phony, officers reported.

The creep and the locksmith both fled the scene in a white Jeep, according to authorities.

— Ben Verde

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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