Laptop bandit hits Tea Lounge

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That guy who is eyeing your computer at the Tea Lounge may not be trying to steal a line from your Great American Novel — he may simply be preparing to steal your laptop.

A Park Slope woman found that out on April 7 when she had her laptop and bag stolen when she went to the bathroom for just a few minutes, police said.

The 27-year-old had left the bag unattended at around 6:30 pm. When she returned to the table, the laptop and her wallet, containing $20, was gone.

The Tea Lounge, on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, has not appeared in the Police Blotter in recent months, perhaps because the baristas are constantly reminding their laptop-tapping patrons — who constitute the majority of customers on some days — not to leave their manuscript-filled computers sitting on the table.

Bar grab

A woman bar patron lost her wallet, cellphone and lots of cash after a fellow tippler grabbed her unattended bag on April 8.

The robbery occurred at just after 1 am, when the 36-year-old New Jersey woman realized her bag was missing. When cops arrived, they found the bag in the men’s bathroom — minus the wallet and cellphone.

Stolen was $200, the phone, the wallet and various credit cards. By the time the woman called her charge card companies to cancel the plastic, the cards had already been used to ring up $152 in MetroCards at a subway station near the bar, which is on Fifth Avenue between Berkeley and Union streets.

Lame robber

A would-be bank robber was foiled when the teller simply walked away from him on April 5.

The man had entered the bank, which is at Seventh Avenue and President Street, at around 2:30 pm and handed the teller a note reading, “Give me $7,000 — you know what this is. You have five seconds.”

But the teller told cops that she noticed that the perp did not have a weapon. So instead of handing over the money, she walked away from her station.

The perp, whom police say is a 45-year-old black man, about 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

Take my wallet

A woman who left her wallet on the table of a popular Spanish restaurant on Seventh Avenue finished the meal with a bitter dessert: the wallet was missing.

The woman had been having dinner on April 5 at around 9:45 at the restaurant, which is at the corner of Sterling Place, but didn’t realize until she’d eaten her last bite that the wallet had been taken.

She told cops it contained $40. She cancelled her credit cards before they could be used, cops said.

Basement theft

A former building superintendent is suspected in the theft of equipment and a camera from a basement apartment on 12th Street overnight on April 3.

The former super is the only one beside the current super who had the keys to the apartment, which is near Third Avenue. At around 10 am on April 4, the current super, who lives in Manhattan, opened the door of the apartment to find a drill, a thermostat, an extension courd and a Canon camera had been taken.

The locked door showed no signs of forced entry, police said, fueling the super’s suspicion that his predecessor had done the deed.

Bad cab day

A livery cabbie lost a camera, a computer and, most important, his dispatch radio from his car on April 4.

The cabbie said the items were removed from the passenger seat of his Lincoln Town Car, which had been parked in front of 672 Warren St., at 10 pm.

He told cops that the total value of the goods was $1,420, but gave very little additional information. Cops canvassed the area, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, with no success.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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