Hit her right in the bread basket

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He asked for bread, but he wasn’t talking babka.

The thief with the silver gun wanted his dough in greenbacks and managed to extort $60 from a Fort Greene woman walking home on Greene Avenue on May 16, police said.

The 32-year-old victim was near the corner of St. James Place just after 11 pm when a stranger appeared. He pulled a silver gun from his pocket and insisted, “Give me the bread.”

When she gave him the cash, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound black man ran off. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt that night, she said.

Trick and steal

A plea for help turned out to be cover for a crime when two thugs stole a wallet from a man walking on Adelphi Street on May 17, police said.

The 30-year-old was coming home about a half-hour after midnight from a bar on Dekalb Avenue. When he reached Greene Avenue, right near his home, two strangers walked up. One said, “Hey brother, can you help me out with something?”

But then the second one pulled out a black gun, and the tone changed. The pair went through his pockets, pulled out his wallet and ran off. The billfold held $50, credit cards, a Virginia driver’s license, and a personal check for $1,100.

High life burg

A Fulton Street resident may have gotten lucky, but the burglar who visited his apartment apparently enjoyed an even bigger party.

The thief swiped almost $13,000 in cash and luxury items — including more than half a case of Dom Perignon champagne — from an apartment near Washington Avenue between 10 pm on May 19 and 7 am the following day, police said.

When the 40-year-old victim did get home, he found his front door was no longer locked and the window leading to the fire escape on the front of the building was open.

The missing items included a 40-inch LCD television and $500 in high-end connection cables, a Sony camcorder, a PlayStation 3 game system and four pairs of Cartier sunglasses.

The thief also escaped with eight bottles of bubbly, valued at $300 each, and $1,000 in cash.

Mystery assault

A man was shot twice in the leg while standing on his Lefferts Place block on May 17, police said.

The 42-year-old man was just a few doors down from his home, near the corner of Grand Avenue, just after 11 pm, when gunfire rang out. The shooter fired twice, and two bullets ended up lodged in the back of his left knee.

The gunman then drove off in a four-door white Subaru with an unknown plate, heading down Lefferts toward St. James Place. Police found four 45-caliber shell casings and collected the victim’s bloodstained pants as additional evidence.

Car crimes

At least one car was stolen from the streets of Fort Greene and another vandalized while parked inside the Atlantic Center Mall parking garage, police reports show.

It took thieves less than 10 minutes on May 8 to unload crystal figurines valued at more than $1,000 from a 2005 Hyundai parked in the lot next to the mall, near Flatbush Avenue. The 47-year-old owner had left the 2005 sedan at 5:40 pm, but when she returned minutes later, the door was unlocked and the window rolled down.

The missing African-style figurines had names like “Rumba,” “Close to My Heart,” “My Chores,” “Petals of Love,” and “My Pretty Flowers.”

And on May 17, a 2005 Jeep Cherokee disappeared entirely. The 43-year-old victim told cops that she’d parked her car at 8 pm near the corner of Classon and Willoughby streets. When she returned the next day, the vehicle was gone without a trace.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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