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Talk about a desperate gamer.

A thug with a gun threatened to shoot a man leaving a mall on Flatbush Avenue if he didn’t turn over his PlayStation game on Jan. 1, police said.

The thief followed the 27-year-old victim out of the discount department store, which is in the mall near the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, shortly after 4 pm. He stopped the man, showed him what could have been a gun under his jacket, and said he would shoot if the shopper didn’t give up his game.

But the fellow held onto his PlayStation, and the gunman ran off without firing. A security camera from the store shows the suspect clearly: he is a black man, in his mid-20s, 5-foot-1, 200 pounds, dressed that day in a multi-colored coat, gray jeans and tan work boots.

‘Run it’ rob

A pair of gun-totting robbers stole critical ID and jewelry from a man on North Elliot Place on Jan. 3, police said.

The 42-year-old victim was walking near Flushing Avenue around 10:15 am when the pair of thugs approached. One pulled out a black gun and said, “You know what time it is. Run it.”

The second thief rifled his pockets, pulling out the victim’s wallet and grabbing his jewelry, and the pair fled along Park Avenue. The billfold held his driver’s license, several bank, credit and charge cards, a Social Security card and $25. He also lost a silver ring, silver chain and a watch.

Police are looking for two black men in their early 20s. One was 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, with short hair, dressed in a black jacket, blue jeans and tan work boots. The second man was 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, blond, with a red jacket, blue jeans and a black hat.

Thwart mob mug

A teenager suffered a blow to the face and almost lost his iPod to a gang of five thieves who attacked him near Fort Greene Park on Jan. 6, police said.

The posse rushed the 19-year-old victim as he walked along Dekalb Avenue, near Washington Park — the eastern border of the park — around 9:45 pm. One thug punched the teen in the face while another made a grab for the popular digital music device.

The effort failed and the gang ran empty-handed down Cumberland Street. Police are looking for a black teenager, around 17-years-old, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, dressed that day in a blue snorkel jacket. The victim couldn’t describe the other thieves in detail.

Check swiped

A request for a light provided cover for two lowlifes who picked the purse of an elderly lady in a Myrtle Avenue store on Jan. 3, police said.

The 77-year-old woman was paying for her purchases at around 3 pm when the two men came in the store, which is at Carlton Avenue. One fellow waited behind her in line as the other bumped into her and then asked for a light for his cigarette.

It’s not clear if the victim smoked, or if she offered them a match, but the two men soon left. Once they had gone, the woman realized the purse she had hanging on her arm was missing a number of valuables.

Gone was a $700 Social Security check, a $25 money order, a book of stamps, and $3 in change.

Carpet caper

When two men installed a new carpet for a Lafayette Avenue resident on Dec. 26, they removed far more than the old rugs.

Nearly $5,000 in jewelry also disappeared during their visit, police said.

The pair arrived around 9 am at the home of the 63-year-old woman, near the corner of St. James Place. They replaced the carpet in the bedroom and left just before 12:30 pm. No one else came into the apartment during that time.

But after the carpet duo left, the victim discovered the following items missing: two long strands of Tiffany pearls, valued at $1,800 together; a Movado watch worth $3,000; and another, less-expensive watch.

Paint pilfered

Burglars removed three pallets of paint supplies — valued at over $11,000 — from a city storage site on Flushing Avenue sometime in early December, police said.

Between noon on Nov. 30 and 8 am on Dec. 12, thieves removed the goods from the warehouse, near Cumberland Street, rented by the Department of Environmental Protection. There was no sign of a break-in, and all employees were questioned and the site searched, but no one was turned over to police for prosecution.

The stolen items included 25 cans of paint and related goods, several dozen cans of resin, and more than 200 cans of a coating material.

Target cafe

Someone swiped electronics worth nearly $1,000 from a French restaurant on Myrtle Avenue on Jan. 2, police said.

The thieves broke in sometime between 1 am and 3:30 pm. When a 39-year-old worker arrived that afternoon, he found the basement window open and the metal bars outside bent wider apart. The good news? A security camera at the gas station across the street most likely recorded the entire break-in, police said.

The stolen items included a 19-inch computer monitor, a computer, a cordless mouse and other electronics.

Mob rob

A quartet of thugs robbed a teenager on Fulton Street at dusk on Jan. 7, police said.

The four young men rushed the 19-year-old victim as he neared Hoyt Street, around 5:10 pm. One held the teen from behind while another grabbed his wallet, and the other two kept watch.

“What’s in your pocket?” the first thief asked.

Police are searching for four black men, all 5-foot-7 and between 18 and 24-years-old. One had short, close-cut hair, a red jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers. Another had a red jacket and blue jeans. The third man was dressed in all black, but he couldn’t describe the clothing on the fourth man.

Flat fix heist

A simple repair ended up costing one Bronx woman far more than she anticipated.

The 38-year-old victim left her 1988 Mazda at a flat fix shop on Cumberland Street, between Flushing and Park avenues, around 1 pm on Dec. 31. When she returned to fetch the gray sedan, at 8:30 am on Jan. 2, workers told her it had been stolen.

Cell snatched

A man lost his cellphone to a teenage thief who robbed him outside a mall on Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, on Jan. 7, police said.

The 37-year-old victim was leaving a ground-level discount department store, along with a 28-year-old friend, when the teenager rushed up to them. The boy grabbed the Motorola Razr and dashed away with it.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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