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A popular Chinese take-out restaurant was burglarized after thieves crawled through a hole in the wall on April 13.

The 61-year-old owner said he’d locked up the restaurant, which is near 76th Street, only to return at 5:15 am the next day to find the side door leading to the basement open.

It appears that the perps broke through the basement door, and then broke a hole in the wall after realizing they couldn’t get to the upstairs from the basement. The hole created a passageway to $3,000.

Unfortunately, the crooks didn’t leave a trail of crumbs.

Smoker smoked

A 15-year-old boy had his iPod and cellphone stolen after being asked by a stranger if he would share his cigarettes on April 13.

The criminal request came at 3:20 pm as the young puffer was enjoying a drag near Colonial Road and 79th Street. After the victim refused, the thief then turned his attention to the boy’s pockets, where he found an iPod Nano, valued at $150, and the cellphone, valued at $180.

Locker looter

A hospital worker’s possessions were stolen out of her locker on April 15.

The crime was discovered around 7 pm, when the 51-year-old victim went to her locker after punching out from her shift at the hospital, which is on 92nd Street.

The victim later recovered her pocketbook from a trash can outside the hospital, but the credit cards that were inside had been stolen.

Police are reviewing security cameras and believe the tapes will lead to an arrest.

Door-bust bandit

A 61-year-old man returned to his 73rd Street apartment to find the door busted open and $2,025 worth of valuables missing on April 14.

The thief’s handiwork included making off with emerald-and-diamond rings valued at $1,000.

Police are interviewing neighbors for clues.

Walking bank

A man who withdrew $8,000 from an 86th Street bank on April 13 had the money swiped by a pickpocket on his walk home minutes later.

The crime happened shortly after noon, when the bank customer left the bank and began walking towards 91st Street. That’s when a thief sneaked up from behind and lifted the cash, as well as the victim’s cellphone, right out his pocket.

The man then watched as a dark get-away car pulled up, the scoundrel jumped in, and the car sped away down Fifth Avenue.

Home invasion

A man lying in his bed awoke to two burglars and a gun to his forehead on April 15 — but later helped cops nab one of the men.

The victim was in his Bay 34th Street apartment, which is near Bath Avenue, when two thugs busted in at around 8:30 pm. One threw him against the wall, and the other pulled out a black pistol and fired off one shot as a scare tactic.

The armed perps then helped themselves to $2,500, including jewelry and electronics, police said.

But one of the perps had some difficulty keeping his identity a secret from the victim, thanks to a bandana that kept drooping to reveal his face.

Armed with a description from the rudely awakened victim, cops later caught the poorly concealed thug.

Afternoon entry

An elderly man returned to his Bay Parkway apartment on April 14 to find his front door open and money missing.

The 72-year-old returned to the apartment, which is near 79th Street, at around 3:30 pm to discover that thieves had broken in and swiped more than $1,300 in cash, police said.

Market mischief

An elderly woman shopping in an 86th Street supermarket had her wallet snatched — and then returned untouched — on April 14.

The 82-year-old woman was in the market, which is near Bay 34th Street, at around 3:30 pm, when the thief snatched the wallet and fled.

The woman was unable to identify the thief, but it didn’t matter in the end: cops later found her wallet — with nothing missing — in a garbage pail near 23rd Avenue.

Off-hour swipe

An 86th Street supermarket had $26,000 stolen overnight on April 12 by thieves who didn’t even trip the security alarm, police said.

They broke in through the ceiling when the store, which is near Bay Parkway. They got away clean.

Unfriendly

A man had his friend arrested after he attacked and robbed him in his West Fifth Street apartment on April 11.

Both were in the apartment, which is near Avenue T, at around 8:30 pm. Out of nowhere, the friend demanded money, and pushed and grabbed the victim, eventually stealing $20, police said.

The two-faced thug lost so much more, including his freedom, as cops later tracked him down — still with the two sawbucks on him.

Unappreciative

A loving mother welcomed her son and his girlfriend into her 85th Street apartment — and as a thank you, they stole more than $1,000 including jewelry from her, police said.

The couple stole the goods on April 11, at around 8 am, and left the home, which is near 21st Avenue. The mother was left broke — and heartbroken — at the same time.

But she still reported the lovebirds to police, who caught up with the perps and charged them with robbery.

The mother had her property returned.

Tools shed

A woman had her construction equipment swiped right out of a shed in the back of her West Fourth Street home on April 8.

At around 8 am, the perps broke into the shed, which was out back of a home near Avenue O. They took a jackhammer and cement saw blades, police said.

The woman was unable to get a good look at the thieves.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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