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Talk about overkill.

A man was slashed by a knife-wielding thug on Hoyt Street on May 4 for just $40, police said.

The 27-year-old victim was walking home from work around 6 am when the two strangers approached him from behind, near the corner of Atlantic Avenue. One thug pulled out a knife, cut him on the arm, and insisted, “Give me your money.”

The pair plucked two $20 bills from the victim’s right front shirt pocket and ran off along Hoyt Street. Police are looking for a 5-foot-9, 180-pound black man, dressed in a t-shirt, and a 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hispanic man.

Smiling thug

It wasn’t the robbery attempt that worried the victim most. It was the look on his attackers’ face when the would-be thief showed up two days later and gave him nerve-wracking grimace.

The 26-year-old man first met his attacker on May 5 at 7:20 am, on the corner of Henry and Congress streets, police said. The stranger came up to him and suddenly asked if he could borrow the victim’s cellphone. When the man said “no,” the thug pushed him up against a parked car and tried to grab the mobile. He failed and ran off empty-handed.

But two days later, the thug appeared again, across the street from the man’s Carroll Garden’s home, around 6:10 pm. He smiled at the victim, without approaching the man, touching him or stealing anything. But the look alone was enough to convince the victim to contact police.

Mac, the knife

A pair of thugs armed with a kitchen knife sent a third man to the hospital after a May 11 attack on Columbia Street.

The two brutes surrounded the 38-year-old victim around 1:30 am, near the corner of Nelson Street. The pair was supposedly angry about an argument the victim had started with a friend of one of the suspects, and they slashed him in the hand during the dispute.

Hospital heist

A 39-year-old patient who was discharged from Long Island College Hospital on Hicks Street on May 3 left with a treatment machine that he insisted was his own.

The suspect had been using the machine, a continuous-motion device designed to help orthopedic patients, in the hospital and saw no reason not to take it with him when he left at around 2 pm, staff said.

But the man’s doctor contacted police to say he had stolen the $5,000 machine.

Laptop lost

Banks are where you are supposed to go and get money, not lose it. But a 27-year-old neighborhood man lost his laptop when he visited a branch on Smith Street on May 3, police said.

The victim stopped by the ATM, near the corner of Warren Street, around 7:30 am. He placed his computer on the ground as he withdrew cash from the machine and then left — without retrieving the laptop.

The man descended into the subway system and climbed aboard a Manhattan-bound train. Only when the train pulled away did the victim realize his computer was missing. He got off the train and ran back to the bank, but his laptop had disappeared without a trace. The Dell Latitude was valued at $500, he told police.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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