Clyde & Clyde strike at a bar in Bay Ridge

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Be weary of anyone who drinks before noon.

That was one of the lessons learned after two daring men staged an elaborate scheme to rob a Third Avenue bar on June 7.

The bartender told cops she first saw the two men park their car at a bus stop before walking into the popular pub, which is near 77th Street, shortly before noon.

Next, they curiously took seats at the opposite ends of the bar, where one man distracted the bartender by asking questions, while the other grabbed the cash box that was under the register.

When the two men walked out a few minutes later, the bartender finally noticed the missing cash box, which had held $2,100.

Cash caper

A 57-year-old man left for work at 10 am June 9 only to return to his Ninth Avenue apartment six hours later to discover that a villain had broken through his front living room window and made off with $5,000.

The apartment is near 68th Street.

Cop robbed

A cop was robbed of his cellphone and wallet on June 8.

The 25-year-old officer was off duty and riding the R train from Manhattan to Bay Ridge, but when he got off and began walking near 62nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway, he noticed his wallet and cellphone were missing.

Before the cop could cancel his phone service, it was already being used. Plus, the thief rang up $354.52 on his Discover card.

Apartment loot

Dude — you gotta get a Dell. A new one, that is.

A 27-year-old man’s apartment, which is near 77th Street and Sixth Avenue, was robbed on June 7 when a thief pushed in the glass on the man’s front door, cops said.

The slick thief made off with a Dell computer, valued at $850, and $180.

Purse swiped

Diagnosis: kleptomania.

A 62-year-old woman’s bag was stolen from her work locker at a Seventh Avenue hospital on June 9.

The woman told police she put her purse in her locker at 7 am, but when she returned at noon to get some cash, her bag was missing.

The perp made off with her $350 paycheck, plus $150.

There were no witnesses at the hospital, which is near 92nd Street, cops said.

iPod grab

An N train rider was robbed at knifepoint as he exited the Bay Parkway station on June 10.

The 19-year-old used the Avenue O and West Eighth Street exit at around 11 pm, when he was approached by the knife-wielding thug. The criminal told the victim to cough up the popular digital music player, and then fled before the victim was able to get a good look at his face, cops said.

Daytime swipe

A bike-riding thief snatched a woman’s purse as she walked on 86th Street on June 8.

The grab occurred near Bay Parkway, at around 11 am, when the thug came up from behind and took the 27-year-old’s pocketbook, which contained $500 and various credit cards, police said.

The fast pickpocket fled before the women could identify his face.

GPS thefts

Satellite navigation systems were stolen from three cars last week.

The first break-in occurred on June 6 on West 13th Street and Avenue S. The second was the next day on 83rd Street near 18th Avenue. The third was three days later, on 15th Avenue near 81st Street.

Not so safe

A middle-aged wheelchair-bound woman had her basement broken into and her safe, which contained her life’s savings along with jewelry, stolen on June 5.

She discovered the break in at around 3 pm, when she noticed a broken lock on her 83rd Street apartment. The thief or thieves took the safe, which contained $85,000, including priceless family gems, police said.

The victim told police she hired a plumber the previous day to fix a leak in the building, near 24th Avenue. She suspects that he gained access to the basement.

Toy store fun

A mother’s wallet was snatched from off her baby stroller as she shopped at a Shore Parkway toy store on May 26.

The 30-year-old realized her wallet was gone at around 5:30 pm, while she was in the store, which is near Bay Parkway. She left the carriage unattended allowing the perp to snatch the goods, including her credit and debit cards, police said.

Bump and run

A man’s wallet was picked on a crowded D train on June 3.

The 34-year-old boarded the train at Grand Street in Manhattan at around 2 pm. When he got off the train an hour later at 18th Avenue and 86th Street, he realized his wallet was gone.

It had held $100, cops said.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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