Bank robber drops gun, picks up cash

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An armed thief dropped his loaded weapon, but escaped with more than $2,200 when he robbed a Fifth Avenue bank on Dec. 30, police said.

The thief walked into the savings bank, at Bay Ridge Parkway, at 11:45 am, and headed straight to a teller. He handed the 36-year-old clerk a note that simply stated, “I have a gun. Give me your money.”

The teller played it safe, handing over $2,229, and the thief bolted for the door. When a security guard grabbed him and tried to block his escape, the robber hollered: “I have a gun, I’m gonna shoot you!”

The thief wrenched himself free and failed to live up to his threat. Instead, his loaded 9 mm Luger clattered to the ground as he ran out of the bank and down Bay Ridge Parkway.

Police are now looking for a dark-skinned black man, roughly 30-years-old, 5-foot-1 and 150 pounds, dressed that day in a gray snorkel jacket and blue jeans.

‘Stealler’ party

What a way to ring in the New Year.

A quick visit by a burglar left a Bay Ridge man without a computer on New Year’s Eve, police said.

The prowler dropped by the 50-year-old’s home, at the corner of Ridge Boulevard, at around 7:20 am, wandered in the front door, snatched up the Dell, and left.

The thief didn’t leave any damage and neighbors never saw a thing.

Target Lexus

It was a bad week to be an RX300 on the streets of Bay Ridge.

Thieves ripped the airbags from two Lexus models parked several blocks apart, police said. The safety devices can be illegally resold for up to $1,000 each.

A 30-year-old New Rochelle woman parked her 2001 sedan on 95th Street, near Third Avenue, at 8 pm on Dec. 28. When she returned the next morning, the driver’s side window was busted, the steering column damaged and the dashboard slashed open to free the two airbags packed inside.

Between midnight on Dec. 28, and 1 pm the following day, the RX300 of an Orange County man suffered a similar fate. The 42-year-old parked his 2003 sedan on Colonial Road, near 91st Street. When he next saw the vehicle, a passenger-side window was cracked and the two dashboard airbags had been liberated.

C’card scams

Forget the holiday spirit.

A thief rang up more than $75 in charges on the stolen credit card of a 33-year-old Bay Ridge woman, police said.

The woman, who lives on Fort Hamilton Parkway, told cops that she lost her debit card on Dec. 21. Sure enough, on Dec. 22, a thief charged $33.90 at a gas station in Queens and $42.89 at a filling station just over the border in Long Island.

The victim apparently left the card in a taxi and told police she suspects the cabbie is the culprit.

Masked thief

Really, the armed robber said it all.

“I don’t want to ruin your New Year, (but) give me the money in the register,” a gun-toting thief insisted shortly after entering a Kings Highway laundry at 4 am on New Year’s Eve, according to police.

After uttering his greeting, the clerk complied, turning over $200. Then the robber, described as a white man in his early 20s, disappeared from the laundry, which is near Stillwell Avenue.

But the Laundromat may not have been the thief’s first job of the day. Police are also investigating another armed robbery, just 10 minutes earlier, at an Avenue O supermarket fewer than 10 blocks away.

In that crime, a masked man armed with a gun rushed a store, at West Seventh Street, at 4 am. He trained a black handgun on the clerk, helped himself to an unknown amount of cash from the register, and ran into a waiting car.

Nab 2 brutes

Police arrested a pair of 16-year-olds after they allegedly joined a Dec. 28 attack on an older boy walking along Bath Avenue.

The gang of four stopped its 17-year-old victim shortly before 3 pm, as he neared 24th Avenue.

Two of the thugs stepped forward, and one punched him in the face and forced him to the pavement, leaving him with cuts and bruises on his temple and a black eye.

The other aggressor harassed the teen verbally, insisting, “What do you have in your pocket? Give me what you have.”

Luckily, two Good Samaritans happened upon the melee before the attack escalated and drove the teenage thugs away. Police later picked up two suspects on robbery and assault charges.


It was the New Year’s Eve round-up at a Stillwell Avenue salon.

A trio of thugs posing as customers wandered into the hair and nail shop, at Avenue T, around 7:15 pm. A woman walked in first to inquire about a manicure, followed by two men.

Once all three were inside, one thug pulled a silver semi-automatic handgun and insisted, “Give us your money and get in the bathroom.” The victims complied, crowding into the restroom, while the thieves ransacked the register.

Despite the violence, the robbers collected only $50 from the salon and a few extra bucks from terrified customers. No one could describe the thieves to police.


A trio of thugs in a Toyota abducted, beat and robbed a man on Bath Avenue on Dec. 28, police said.

The car pulled up alongside the 34-year-old victim at 11:20 am, as he walked near Bay 34th Street. They snatched the victim from the street, pulled him into the stopped car and pummeled him several times in the face.

The thieves rifled his pockets, removed $400, threw the victim out of the car, and roared away. The attackers — strangers to the victim — were described as white Hispanic men in their mid-20s.

Early AM mug

A gang of four thugs robbed a man heading home from work on Benson Avenue on Dec. 30, cops said.

The group surrounded the 63-year-old man at the corner of Bay 40th Street, moments after 1 am. A man in a red leather jacket pushed him to the ground, punched him in the head and insisted, “Give me your money.”

Another thief rifled through his backpack, pulled out his wallet, snatched $130 and tossed the billfold back, cops said.

The posse dashed down Bay 40th Street, made a right on 86th Street, and disappeared.

Bag snatch

A thief snatched a woman’s bag as she walked home along Shore Parkway on Dec. 27, cops said.

The 58-year-old woman stepped off the B1 bus at 86th Street, around 10:30 pm. As she neared 20th Avenue, a mugger rushed her from behind. The thug grabbed the purse, pushed the victim to the pavement, and dashed down 20th Avenue.

The robber was described only as a white Hispanic man. He escaped with $30, various credit cards and ID, police said.

Bar brawl

A man suffered several stab wounds after a booze-fueled dispute in a Kings Highway bar on Dec. 29, police said.

A witness saw the 25-year-old victim stumble from the watering hole, at West First Street, around 11 pm, with many bloody cuts on his body.

The witness also saw two white men in their mid-20s, dressed in black, hooded sweatshirts, run from the bar.

The pair jumped in a black SUV, which sped east on Kings Highway.

No holiday

A thief cleaned out a Chinese restaurant on 20th Avenue that had been closed for New Year’s Eve, police said.

The burglar broke through the side door of the eatery, off 78th Street, sometime after 11 pm on Dec. 31.

When workers arrived on New Year’s Day, the cash register was short $200.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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