For one Bay Ridge senior, New Year’s Eve offered no reason to celebrate.
A mob of five thugs robbed the 62-year-old man as he waited for a B63 bus on Bay Ridge Avenue around 10:30 pm, police said.
The victim was at the corner of Fifth Avenue when the posse approached. One thug grabbed him and threw him to the pavement, where another rifled his pockets.
The thieves collected $60, his cellphone, and a bottle of prescription painkillers, and ran off down Fifth Avenue.
Police are searching for a white Hispanic man, around age 20, 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, with straight, brown hair and a goatee. The victim was unable to describe the other thugs.
Neighbors never heard a thing as thieves swiped $21,750 in valuables from a building near John Paul Jones Park on Jan. 4, police said.
The burglars pushed in the front door of a first-floor apartment on 101st Street, off Fourth Avenue, sometime after 9:30 am. When the 35-year-old victim returned home, at 7:30 pm, he discovered the theft.
The stolen goods included: a 40-inch LCD television, valued at $2,500; a laptop; an iPod; a $4,000 Rolex; a platinum engagement ring worth $5,000, and a matching wedding ring valued at $2,000; an 18-caret white gold bracelet; and a set of white gold and diamond earrings, police said.
What a welcome — to the New Year and New York.
A 50-year-old Pennsylvania woman suffered a visit from vandals when she parked her sedan on Ridge Boulevard on Jan. 1, police said.
Thieves broke into the 2003 Acura, left at the corner of 84th Street, through the passenger-side rear window. They stole the airbags from the steering wheel and dashboard near the glove compartment between 7:30 pm and 7:30 am on Jan. 2.
Someone swiped the computer system from an office on Fifth Avenue that was closed for the New Year’s holiday, police said.
The thief sneaked into the mortgage company, near 83rd Street, sometime after 7 pm on Dec. 31. When a 38-year-old employee arrived for work on Jan. 2, at 7 am, he found the front door wide open. It had been closed, and locked, when workers left on New Year’s Eve.
The stolen items — valued at over $2,000 — included a trio of Dell computers and a Cisco Systems router.
Forget party time.
At a Fourth Avenue bagel shop, New Year’s Eve was burglary time.
Police said thieves stole $3,500 from the shop, near 69th Street, closed for the night.
Workers locked up around 10 pm on Dec. 31. But when a 41-year-old employee arrived for work at 5 am the following day, he found the back door forced open and the cash missing from the office.
As the song goes, two out of three ain’t bad.
But on Jan. 5, police came so close to a clean sweep.
The drama began around 10:30 pm, when a trio of teenage thieves rushed a man from behind as he walked along 62nd Street, near 20th Avenue, police said.
Two thugs held the 21-year-old victim, while the third stepped in front, decked him in the face and rifled his pockets (and also left him with a black eye).
But luckily, a Good Samaritan came along, and chased the three teens down 62nd Street.
Police soon arrived, searched the area and found three likely suspects. But when the victim was asked to identify the trio, he got scared, and said he didn’t recognize the boys. Moments later — once police had cut the teens loose — the victim changed his mind, and admitted the suspects were the ones who attacked him.
Retracing their steps, police tracked down two of the three teens, a few blocks away, on 59th Street.
A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old now face multiple robbery charges, while a third boy remains free.
A trio of teens cut and mugged two men walking along Bay Parkway on Jan. 7, police said.
The thieves rushed the 29-year-old victim and his friend as they neared the corner of 74th Street, moments before 8 pm. Two of the attackers held the victims as the third searched their pockets, snatching one man’s wallet.
The teenage robbers ran off with an unknown amount of cash. The 29-year-old was left with a cut on his chin, while his friend suffered a gash on his head.
A knife-wielding thief beat and robbed a woman in a Bensonhurst subway station on Jan. 8, police said.
The 56-year-old victim was at the turnstile in the station, at New Utrecht Avenue and 79th Street, around 9:50 pm when the robber rushed her from behind. He grabbed her, put her in a headlock and held the blade of a knife to her neck.
“This blade is real and I’m not afraid to use it,” the thug told her, then demanded she turn over her purse.
The victim offered cash — but not her bag — and turned over an unknown amount. The brute took the bills, pushed her to the pavement, and punched and kicked her several times before he ran off.
She said the thief was around age 18, and had an accomplice.
What a way to start 2007.
Police nabbed a woman who allegedly hauled two trash bags full of valuables from a 78th Street apartment on New Year’s Day.
The 27-year-old victim returned to her home, off 20th Avenue, around 4:30 pm, to find thousands of dollars worth of clothing and jewelry missing.
A neighbor told her someone had left the apartment earlier that day, dragging two large, black plastic bags, full of stuff. The neighbor also said the visitor had threatened her with a knife when she questioned the woman’s presence.
Thanks to the witnesses’ help, police tracked down the thief and arrested the 24-year-old on burglary charges. They also recovered a knife and some of the stolen goods.
Someone swiped cash and jewelry worth nearly $3,000 from a 24th Avenue home — and locked the owner out in the process, police said.
The 18-year-old victim returned home at 4:30 pm to find the chain latched on the inside of her front door, even though no one was inside the apartment, in a building on 64th Street. Once she broke into her own home, the victim found the bedroom in disarray and her valuables missing.
Police believe the thief came in — and left — through a side window.
Burglars removed $4,000 in cash and other valuables from a house on Bay 40th Street last week, police said.
The 45-year-old victim returned to her home, near Harway Avenue, around 8:30 am on Jan. 5. That’s when she discovered a ground-floor door in the back damaged, and the cash, jewelry and several bank books missing.
When a man dropped his wallet several blocks from the 62nd Precinct Police Station, it didn’t take long for thieves to ring up illegal charges on his credit cards.
The 23-year-old man said the wallet fell from his pocket while he was walking along Bath Avenue, near 21st Street, around 10 pm on Jan. 5. The precinct house is on Bath Avenue, at Bay 22nd Street.