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A gunman cornered a man on First Street and demanded his cellphone, but settled for taking his victim’s cash when the man refused to give up the mobile device.

Cops said that the 27-year-old victim, who lives on First Street between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, was walking home from the Q train at Flatbush Avenue at around 9:30 pm on April 18 when the gunman approached.

“Give me your phone,” he said, showing off his black gun.

The victim pleaded with the perp to allow him to keep his phone because he has a family. When the perp altered his demand to cash, the victim complied, turning over $115.

That’s when the thief, identified as a 5-foot-7 black man, ran away, heading northbound on Eighth Avenue.

More gunplay

Three men, one toting a black handgun, surrounded man as he walked home from a Flatbush Avenue supermarket on April 22 and mugged him of $50.

After the man turned down Eighth Avenue en route to his Berkeley Place home at around 4:30 pm, the gunman rushed him, pulled out the gun and said, “Give me what you got.”

The other two men surrounded the victim until the 43-year-old victim coughed up the money. Police believe the trio followed the man from the supermarket and are scouring the surveillance tapes for evidence.

Ouch

Three thugs pummelled a Garfield Place man in front of his own building on April 18, but didn’t take anything — anything material, that is — from their victim.

The beating began at around 10:30 pm as the man was returning from a Seventh Avenue store to his building, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The first thug attacked the man with a two-foot wooden stick, and then the other two men joined in, using their fists.

The man was taken to Lutheran Hospital. He told cops that he had had a “previous dispute” with the assailants. The wooden stick was recovered as evidence.

That was easy

A thief rushed into a Fourth Avenue office supply store, grabbed three cases of printer cartridges and jumped into a waiting getaway car on April 20.

Police said the 5-foot-8 man entered the store at around 7:30 pm, grabbed $1,100 worth of the high-end ink, and fled in a silver, four-door sedan with the license plate ACJ–2165.

Grand theft auto

At least three cars were stolen off Park Slope streets last week, police said. Here’s a roundup:

• Sometime between April 15 and April 18, a 1997 Dodge disappeared from its spot in front of 400 Dean St. No broken glass was found at the scene, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

• Sometime after 7 pm on April 19, a yellow 1997 van of unidentified make was taken from its spot on 12th Street between Second and Third avenues. In this case, there was broken glass everywhere.

• A 2004 BMW was taken from in front of an auto repair shop on 14th Street sometime between 6 pm on April 20 and 9 am the next day. In this case, the victim told cops that he brought the car to the auto shop only to have the workers there call him the next morning to tell him that the car was missing from the shop, which is between Third and Fourth avenues.

The victim told cops that the car was worth $45,000.

Hot restaurant

It’s almost like the plot out of the book she was reading: A customer at a trendy Seventh Avenue restaurant enjoyed a nice dinner, but then realized that her bag — containing a dime-store novel — had been stolen from the back of her chair while she used the bathroom.

The April 16 theft at the restaurant, which is between Lincoln and St. Johns places, resulted in the loss of the bag itself, plus a wallet, various credit and debit cards, a legal pad (valued at $4), and a paperback book titled “Manhattan Noir,” according to the police report.

Got money?

A 54-year-old woman got the fright of her life at around 10 pm on April 15 when three men surrounded her and demanded money as she walked on Seventh Avenue.

After the woman, who lives on Sixth Avenue, said she didn’t have any money, one of the thugs pushed her up against a fence near the corner of St. Johns Place. When she started screaming, the thugs ran off.

Just beat it

It appears that a frustrated baseball player is on the loose in Park Slope.

Two incidents involving an attack with a bat-like object caused minor bumps and bruises on two teenagers just 10 minutes apart on Fifth Avenue.

In the first attack, a 17-year-old was pummeled near the corner of Fifth Street just after 3 pm.

He told cops he has no idea why he got hit and that he didn’t see what hit him — or the person who did it.

A few minutes later, a 15-year-old was at the same corner talking to some friends when a man rushed up with a wooden bat and started clubbing him.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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