Crack addict moves in at art school

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A trio of art students awoke to a true nightmare when they discovered a self-professed crack addict hanging around their dorm rooms at the end of March, police said.

Two men at the world-famous art school in Clinton Hill, ages 20 and 21, were the first to spot the prowler.

The men awoke around 7 am inside their Willoughby Avenue dormitory, near Classon Avenue, to find the stranger talking about his addiction to crack. After several hours, the man left, taking three cellphones with him. The students admitted that the door had been left unlocked the night before.

The prowler must not have gone far. The next morning, around 9:30, a 19-year-old student awoke to find the man sitting on the floor, leaning against her roommate’s bed.

She told him to leave, but he ducked into the hall and hid. She continued to yell at him to leave, and, after several more attempts to foil her, the prowler eventually bolted.

That’s when she realized $3 was missing from her dresser.

The victim quickly called police, who managed to capture the man outside the dorm. Officer Robert Harrell arrested the 28-year-old on several burglary counts.

Lured to danger

A young woman’s come-on was enough to lead a Fort Greene man to a Lefferts Place rooftop where he was robbed at knifepoint on April 8, police said.

The 42-year-old man was on Classon Avenue, near Putnam Avenue, heading home just before 3 am when the teenage woman emerged from the shadows.

She asked him to accompany her home, and he agreed, following her to a home near Grand Avenue.

When they arrived, the teen lured him up to the roof, where she pulled out a knife and made her real intent known: to rob him. The victim handed over $20, the thief called out to a hidden male accomplice and then ran off.

But she didn’t get far. Officer Robert Mixon caught up with the young tease and arrested her on robbery charges.

Key bust

Police arrested a woman who bashed a man half her age with a fistful of keys on Myrtle Avenue last week.

The 22-year-old victim, from Queens, was walking along Myrtle Avenue, near Clinton Place, around 6:45 pm on April 7 when the woman approached. It’s not clear what sparked her anger, but she clocked the victim in the face with her keys and threatened him further by claiming she had a gun in her handbag. The young man did not seem to be seriously hurt.

Luckily, police were quickly called to the scene. Officer Charles Sperco cuffed the 44-year-old woman on charges including assault and resisting arrest.

Lot robbed

Thieves stole $135 from a hospital parking lot cash register, police said.

Sometime between March 31 and April 2, the burglars busted into the kiosk at the Brooklyn Hospital’s parking lot on Dekalb Avenue, near Cumberland Street. The lot is surrounded by a high metal fence and the key to the register was kept inside.

Mouse returns

For the second time in several months, a woman had her purse stolen from a children’s restaurant inside the mall at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, police said.

The 17-year-old victim said she placed her purse beside her when she entered the mouse-and-cheese-themed eatery. She stepped away for five minutes and returned to find the bag gone, along with her school ID, several credit cards, her driver’s permit and $15.

High-$ haul

Thieves scored big when they managed to find nearly $4,000 in music, camera and other valuable equipment inside a car parked on St. James Place, police said.

The 20-year-old driver parked the 2000 Jeep near the corner of Lafayette Avenue at 11 pm on April 5.

When she returned the next day, she found glass littering the sidewalk. The missing items included an iPod, a set of speakers, a Canon camera, headphones, an art history book and a pair of sunglasses.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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