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A popular women’s clothing store on Flatbush Avenue was robbed after a knife-wielding thief knocked on the back door and stormed inside on June 3 — but cops say that one of the employees was in on the job.

The terrifying attack began at 8:30 pm, when employees heard the knock on the back door of the apparel store, which is between Sterling and Park places. A 19-year-old worker opened the door, and the thief put his knife against her throat, screaming, “Open the safe, give me the money out of the safe or I’m going to kill this b—h!”

While the woman was being held at knifepoint, other employees handed over two bags of cash — totaling $3,300 — from the safe, cops said.

But after the perp fled, cops questioned the woman who had been held, and determined that she was involved in the plot.

Police said that when they arrested her hours later, they found her with some of the stolen loot. She was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

A regional manager for American Apparel, who did not wish to have his name published, confirmed that the arrested woman had worked for the store.

He declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.The arrested woman did not return calls for comment.

Clean pick

A group of teens swiped a woman’s wallet right out of her bag as she walked near the corner of Flatbush and Seventh avenues on May 27.

The 63-year-old victim told cops that she never noticed the theft, but once she arrived at her Carlton Avenue home at around 3:30 pm, she noticed the missing wallet and remembered being “jostled” by a group of teenagers, she said.

She could not identify them clearly, but was very certain about what she lost: $56, family pictures, credit cards and the leopard-pattern wallet itself.

Flower outage

A woman who had stopped to smell the roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Memorial Day returned to her parked car to discover that it had been broken into and more than $1,000 in jewelry and electronic equipment had been swiped.

The New Jersey woman told cops that she had parked her car on the Flatbush Avenue side of the Garden at around 4 pm and returned to it three hours later only to find that a hole had been drilled into the passenger-side door.

Gone were a digital camera, an MP3 player, a pair of diamond earrings and a nameplate necklace.

Lock the door!

A thief swiped a laptop computer from a 13th Street apartment after taking advantage of an unlocked front door on May 29.

A woman’s son was in the apartment at the time, around 12:30 pm, but was in the bathroom when he heard the front door open, cops said.

He assumed that the noise was just his mother returning to the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues. But when he finished his business, he realized the danger of assuming anything: the Dell computer had been stolen.

Slash & branch

A teenage girl slashed another teenager and her 20-year-old boyfriend with a bottle and a tree branch in an early morning attack on Third Street on June 2.

Police reports are sketchy, but it appears that the 19-year-old went after the 18-year-old with a bottle and the boyfriend with a tree branch just after midnight in front of a building between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

A police search yielded no sign of the assailant, who left the teenager with “minor scratches” on her back and the 20-year-old with swelling on his forehead.

Revenge beat

A man whose brother was fired from a construction job returned to his sibling’s former job site and pounded two workers with a baseball bat on May 29, cops said.

The victims told police that the assailant was a stranger, but police later determined that the slugger was the bother of the worker who was fired from his job at the construction site on Fourth Avenue at 12th Street.

Cops know the axed worker’s name and are investigating. The victims were left with sore shoulder and backs.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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Kaia says:
I usually prefer CouponAlbum site for shopping..I found there many branded store for women's clothing like WomenWithin, Target, Kohls, Overstock, FashionBug etc....
Oct. 13, 2007, 2:05 am

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