Phony punches and robs man while pretending to meet him for phone sale

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61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest— Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Phony sale

A goon punched a man and stole his wallet while pretending to meet him for a phone sale on W. Seventh Street on Feb. 17.

The 36-year-old victim told police he met the thief near 86th Street at 5:45 pm to buy an iPhone 7 advertised on Facebook. However, during the course of the transaction, the miscreant punched the victim in the mouth and took his wallet, according to the police report.

Police said the victim provided a picture of the lout from Facebook.

Break-in fail

A jerk broke into an E. Eighth Street house on Feb. 17, but didn’t take anything.

The victim was in the home near Avenue R at 10:45 pm when someone broke the kitchen window, but then quickly ran out of the house in an unknown direction, officers reported.

Police said they did not find the suspect after searching the area near the house.

— Adam Lucente

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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