Armed video game grab on Seventh Ave

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Two men with a gun stole nearly $3,000 in video games and $1,600 in cash from a Seventh Avenue store and left the clerk tied up in the back when they fled on Jan. 7, police said.

The 21-year-old clerk said the pair wandered into the store, at Garfield Place, at 10:40 pm. As they browsed the games, one asked about prices.

“How much is the Nintendo?” he asked.

But the second man had other plans. “I want an Xbox 360,” he insisted.

When the clerk went to the back room to fetch the device, the thugs swung into action. One blocked his return to the floor, with a gun drawn. He grabbed the game, and several others. But before they left, the pair forced the victim to the bathroom and tied him up with duct tape.

“Get down and stay quiet,” one of the thugs told him.

The pair disappeared with an Xbox 360, a Sony PlayStation Portable and $1,600. Police are looking for a black man, 5-foot-6, with a beige jacket. The gunman was a 5-foot-8 black man, with a fur-trimmed leather jacket, a light-blue baseball hat, gold jewelry and sunglasses.

Family affair

Perhaps it was too much holiday spirits.

Whatever the motive, police arrested a 30-year-old man who allegedly beat his father and threatened to kill the older man and a brother on New Year’s Day.

The bedlam began inside the father’s home on Berkeley Place, off Fifth Avenue, around 1 am, police said. The suspect rushed his 66-year-old old man, grabbing at his pockets in search of cash. A shoving match ensued, and the thief pushed his father back against a wall, injuring his elbow.

“I don’t give a f—k about you,” the brute told his dad during the fight.

Police arrested the son — a 220-pound fellow with tear-drop tattoos on his face — on assault and robbery charges later that day.

Historic crime

Police suspect a former employee plagued with drug problems may have stolen stereo equipment worth hundreds of dollars from a Third Street park last week.

Someone broke through a side window in the Old Stone House, the historic building inside J.J. Byrne Park, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, sometime between 4:20 pm on Jan. 4 and 8:15 am the following day.

Once inside, the burglar swiped two Peavey speakers, a pair of 36-inch SoundTech speakers, and a Peavey amp.

A 26-year-old park employee told police she suspected a former employee was responsible. They had allowed the person to stay at the Old Stone House, because he was homeless, until someone found drug paraphernalia. Police also found residue of crack cocaine.

Car running?

At least two cars were swiped from Park Slope streets in recent weeks — both with their engines still running, police said.

On Jan. 1, at 12:20 pm, someone stole a 1997 Mercury Villager from outside a vegetarian restaurant on Flatbush Avenue. The 48-year-old restaurant owner had pulled up and left the keys in the ignition while he delivered groceries to his restaurant, near the corner of St. Marks Place. Five minutes later, the vehicle was gone.

And on Jan. 6, at 5:35 pm, a 1992 Toyota Corolla was stolen from Fifth Avenue, near Ninth Street. The 58-year-old owner had left the keys inside and the sedan running while he ran into a coffee and donut franchise nearby.

High-dollar burg

Someone stole $2,000 in cash and jewelry valued at nearly $4,000 from a Sixth Avenue apartment on Jan. 2, police said.

The thieves snuck in between 10 am and 5:40 pm. When the 25-year-old victim returned home, she found no signs of a break-in, but plenty of valuables missing. The list included the cash, $15 in change in a jar, an iPod, three gold rings, gold earrings and bracelets, and a white gold and diamond ring, worth $1,200.

New Year’s heist

A Prospect Park West resident lost his computer, iPod and $50 to burglars who paid a visit on New Year’s Eve, police said.

The 30-year-old left his home, not far from First Street, around 6:30 pm on Dec. 31. When he returned the next day, around 4:30 pm, he discovered his Dell and the other items missing. Police suspect the burglar crawled from the fire escape through a window in the back of the apartment.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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