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63rd Precinct

Marine Park—Mill Basin—Flatlands—Bergen Beach

Robbing the elderly

A nogodnik snatched a senior’s pocketbook she placed on her walker while shopping at an Avenue U department store on Jan. 24.

The 85-year-old victim told police that she entered the store near E. 54th Street around 4:25 pm, and placed her bag on her walker. She says minutes later, a cad grabbed the purse — containing her wallet, some cash, and credit cards — and fled the store, according to police.

Fix it and steal it

A scammer pretended to be a computer repair employee to gain access to a man’s bank account and take $100,000 from it back in December, the man told police on Jan. 28.

The man told police that he went to his bank near Ralph Avenue and Avenue J and saw that his savings account with missing funds. Police said that in December, he received a call from a computer repair company telling him that his computer needed to be fixed, and they would access his machine remotely in order to do so. The man obliged, and this month noticed multiple transactions were made from his account.

Cootie thief

A thief stole $1,000 worth of cold medication from an Avenue U pharmacy on Jan. 24.

An employee at the store near E. 57th Street told cops that the congested bandit entered the store at 7:25 pm and lifted five containers of over-the-counter cough medicine, before fleeing in a gray sports utility vehicle, according to the report.

Grand con

Two tricky baddies scammed a senior out of $1,800 on Ralph Avenue on Jan. 22.

The 68-year-old woman told cops that she was outside of a market near Avenue J at 1 pm when she and another man standing nearby were approached by a guy who promised to split a large sum of money he found with them, as long as they provided him with security payment.

The woman and man agreed, and the shyster drove them to the woman’s bank on Avenue J and E. 14th Street, where she withdrew the money, police reported.

The trio drove back to their meeting spot, where the malefactor told the woman to wait for her share as he consulted with a boss, according to the report. But instead, the two men fled with her money, officers noted.

Big spender

A lawbreaker used an Albany Avenue man’s credit card to make multiple purchases from Dec. 11 to Jan. 22.

The man, who lives near Avenue I, told police that he lost his wallet — which contained his credit card, debit card, and Social Security number — on Dec. 11 of last year. On Jan. 22 he noticed that someone had made purchases since Dec. 11 on his card, including using it to rent a car, open another credit card, and buy two new smartphones and a phone plan.

Police say in addition to making the fradulent purchases, the weasel has not returned the vehicle to the rental company.

— Alexandra Simon

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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