Calling all units: the turkey and salami are on the lam

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A trio of gun-toting thieves made off with cold cuts instead of cold cash when they took a delivery truck on March 9, police said.

The perps raided the deli meat truck when it was idling on Bond Street, near Baltic Street, around 5:20 am and pulled a gun on the driver.

“Do you have any money?” one of the muggers insisted.

When the victim told them, “No, it’s my first delivery,” the thieves became resourceful.

“Then we’re going to take meat!” one announced before loading up on three turkey rolls, three beef rolls and a trio of salamis.

In addition to the deli meats, police are now looking for three black men, all 5-foot-5, and ranging between 160 and 260 pounds. More if they actually consumed the meat.

Cabbie robbed

This was one passenger that probably wasn’t worth the fare.

A 35-year-old cab driver was attacked near a Red Hook deli in a robbery that may have been staged by a passenger he had picked up in Manhattan on March 10, police said.

The driver arrived in Red Hook with his fare around 3 am, and the man asked if he could borrow the cabby’s cellphone to make a call. The driver agreed, and the passenger asked to be dropped off at a bodega on Wolcott and Richards streets.

When the driver pulled up, the passenger jumped out and ran into the store. And then, three strangers dashed out of the store and ran up to the driver’s window and began to knock on the glass, insisting he give them money.

The thugs reached inside and struggled briefly with the driver. The thieves — all described as white Hispanic men, 5-foot-6 and 154-pounds, and in their early 20s — managed to snatch two cellphones from the driver and then ran off. The passenger also fled.

Mystery shooting

A gunshot wound to the hip wasn’t the only thing that really hurt one Brooklyn man on March 11.

Police were called to the corner of Baltic and Bond streets after reports of a shooting around 11:30 pm. When they arrived, they found the victim bleeding from a single bullet wound on his right leg.

A search produced several 22-caliber shells, but little information about the shooter. But a review of police records yielded an interesting tip: several warrants with the victim’s name on them. Police placed him under arrest on charges unrelated to the shooting while he was getting treated at Bellevue Hospital.

Now that really hurts.

Slumber mug

Talk about a nightmare.

A man claimed two armed men tried to rob him while he was sleeping in a Sackett Street basement on March 9, police said.

The victim was in bed around 1 am when the attackers appeared in his room, in a building near Henry Street. One mugger pulled out a black gun and pointed it at the sleeping man, while the other thief beat him with a stick. Both demanded that he give them money.

The brutes tried in vain to search his pockets and eventually ran off, empty-handed. The victim got a free trip to Lutheran Medical Center, but told police he cannot identify his attackers.

Red Hook burg

A thief struck a commercial building on Beard Street and made off with a pair of iPods, a camera and $500, police said.

The burglar broke into the multi-business building at the base of Van Brunt Street, between 10:30 pm on March 7 and 8:15 am the following day. Once the thief snuck through the ground-floor entrance and busted the lock on a second-floor office door, he swiped the valuables and disappeared.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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