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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Boardwalk robbery

A brute punched a man in the face — leaving him with a swollen eye — and stole his backpack on the Riegelmann Boardwalk on Aug. 25.

The victim was sitting on a bench on the Boardwalk at Brighton Sixth Street at 4:25 am when the robber punched him in the face and grabbed his backpack containing white sneakers and other items, according to police.

The cops said the attacker is a 5-foot-4 man of slim build and was seen wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans.

Literal back-stabber

A lout stabbed a man in the back and punched him in the face multiple times following an argument on Surf Avenue on Aug. 25.

The victim told police that he was involved in a verbal dispute with the scoundrel near W. 12th Street at 4:10 pm when the ruffian stabbed him in the back and punched him in the face multiple times.

Brighton early burglary

A robber stole $15,000 from a bodega on Brighton Beach Avenue on Aug. 23.

The looter entered the establishment between Brighton Fourth and Fifth streets at 3:09 am by smashing the skylight in the stairway. He then broke through a wall to enter the premises and took the money, according to police.

Construction site looting

Thieves stole a pneumatic gun and a portable generator from a construction site on W. 36th Street on Aug. 23.

The unknown bandits snatched the ITF pneumatic gun and the Honda portable generator and fled through a plywood fence at the rear of the building between Neptune and Mermaid avenues at 4:30 pm, according to police.

Not in my name!

An identity thief tried to take out a loan with a fake bank account at Ocean Parkway on July 31.

The scammer acquired access to the victim’s e-mail account, changed his password and recovery e-mail, opened a Metro PCS bank account in his name, and attempted to take out a loan at 11 am near Neptune Avenue, police reported.

F train pain

A purloiner stole a man’s phone and wallet on the F train in the early hours of the morning on Aug. 25.

The victim got on the train towards Coney Island and woke up at the Stillwell Avenue station at 3 am, at which point he noticed both of his pants pockets were cut open, and his phone and wallet were missing, according to police.

Upon further investigation, cops said that the victim’s Chase debit card and Discover credit card were used at an MetroCard machine.

— Kevin Duggan

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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