This is one crime that really smells

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Detectives hunting the thieves who hit a chain drugstore on Flatbush Avenue on June 13 might want to call in the bloodhounds: the two men stole almost $2,000 in perfumes.

According to an employee of the store, which is at Prospect Place, the two men entered at around 8:30 pm and removed 80 bottles of eau de toilet from a locked display case.

The employee told cops that he did not know how the sweet-smelling perps got the key.

Book fiend

The Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch on Grand Army Plaza lost a $2,750 Dell laptop computer on June 6.

According to police, an unidentified thief stole the computer at around 6 pm, after all the doors had been locked for the night.

Busy signal

A woman’s cellphone was grabbed from her hand as she made a call while waiting for a Manhattan-bound F train at the elevated Fourth Avenue station on June 17.

The 22-year-old victim told cops that just before 9 pm, a 5-foot woman rushed up to her and grabbed the Sidekick device. A struggle ensued, but the perp, who is around 21 years old and prefers a corn-row hairstyle, finally got the phone and ran away.

Cops called the cellphone number, but got no answer.

Mean ‘green’

A woman’s Green card and work permit were among several important personal items that were stolen from her bag as she waited for a prescription to be filled inside a Seventh Avenue chain drugstore on June 15.

Cops say a 40-year-old man entered the store at around 4 pm and headed to the “prescription pickup/dropoff area,” where he grabbed the 22-year-old woman’s bag.

But the thief didn’t get much that he could use. The total value of the haul was put at $5 — the cost of the victim’s gold wallet, which contained only ID cards, including the resident alien card and a Social Security card.

House broken

A house on Second Street was broken into on June 12 and robbed of thousands of dollars in electronic equipment, cops said.

The burglar entered the house, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 3:30 pm while a construction crew was making renovations.

The prowler made off with an Apple laptop, a Sony Vaio laptop, a Canon digital camera and a digital music player — a haul that is worth $4,500, cops said.

Some friend

A Seventh Street man who loaned his girlfriend his debit card ended up getting hit with almost $350 in fraudulant charges after she lost the card on June 2.

The 58-year-old victim, who lives between Fourth and Fifth avenues told cops that he had indeed given the card to his friend, but that she told him that she had lost her wallet — which contained his card — later in the day.

By the time the couple figured it out, $342 in goods had been bought on the card.

Deep snatch

A thief got away with nearly $2,000 in electronic equipment when he grabbed the backpack from a man walking at the corner of Fifth and Flatbush avenues in the early morning of June 13.

The 26-year-old victim told cops he was approaching the corner at around 1 am when the thief — whom he did not get a good look at — jumped out of the darkness and grabbed the bag, which contained a $1,000 digital camera and nearly $1,000 in accessories.

Bad apples

A trio of baddies stole a laptop computer from a Fifth Avenue restaurant on June 12 using the oldest trick in the book: distraction.

One of the employees told cops that the men entered the restaurant, which is between Carroll and Garfield streets, at around 4:15 pm, and one of them started asking questions.

While the inquisition was going on, the other two men helped themselves to a customer’s Apple laptop, which was valued at $2,500.

Cops said they are looking for three black teens, two of whom are 5-foot-9 and one of whom is 5-foot-5.

Wheely bad

It was a bad fortnight for Slope car and motorcycle owners, with at least four vehicles stolen and three broken into on local streets. Here’s a roundup:

• A man who parked his car in a lot on 12th Street on May 28 returned two weeks later and discovered that it was gone. According to police, the manager of the lot, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, could account for the 2007 Mercedes 550 sedan only until June 2. The fancy wheels cost their owner $75,000, police said.

• A rental car company that parked a vehicle in front of its Warren Street office on June 6, and was seen on June 8, reported that by June 11, it was gone. The rental company told cops that it had been robbed of another vehicle less than a year ago.

• A 2006 minivan was stolen from a parking space on the quiet stretch Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Empire Boulevard at around noon on June 12. The 37-year-old victim told cops that the Chrysler van had been fully locked — and that she had the keys on her. There was no broken glass at the scene.

Four hours later, a 2001 Mercedes Benz parked in the same spot near the Prospect Park Zoo, was broken into. The 54-year-old victim said that when he returned to his car at about 7 pm, he found broken glass, a hole in his window and $110 and various credit cards missing.

• A man who parked his $4,000 motorcycle on President Street just after midnight on June 15 returned the next morning to find it gone. He told cops that he had locked the front tire of the Yamaha chopper before leaving it between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

• A woman parked her 2008 SUV at a hardware superstore on the banks of the Gowanus Canal on June 12 at around 2:30, then returned 10 minutes later to find the vehicle cleaned out. She lost a laptop, a digital camera, an iPod, and various chargers in the theft.

• A businessman who parked his van on Flatbush Avenue at around 10 pm on June 13 told cops he returned the next morning to find the passenger-side sliding door had been tampered with. Further inspection revealed that $15,000 in ties, T-shirts and scarves had been removed from the Chevy van, which had been left between Sterling and Park places, near the 55-year-old victim’s home.

The van suffered $250 in damage, cops said.

Bad worker

An employee of a Flatbush Avenue boutique stole $20,000 over a period of months by not making deposits into the store’s account, cops said.

The thefts date back to March, according to the owner of the store, which is at Pacific Street, but they were only discovered on June 12.

That’s when the owner of the clothing boutique told cops that the employee, who is dating a co-worker at the store, “had been pocketing money from the business instead of depositing the money in the bank.”

Cops are studying the surveillance video.

He told her

A man pulled a razor blade out of his mouth and used it to slash a woman with whom he has been having an ongoing dispute.

The terrifying crime occurred on June 11 at just before 8 pm, when the woman was parking her car near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 11th Street.

First, the man tried to pull the woman out of her car, before he pulled the blade out of his mouth.

“Bitch, I told you I was going to get you,” the man screamed, according to police.

She slashed her on the left hand before fleeing. The 30-year-old victim told cops that she was involved in an ungoing dispute with the man and his girlfriend.

She was taken to Long Island College Hospital. Cops continue to search for the 5-foot-10, 160-pound man, whom they have identified only as “Little Hue.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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