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A car thief made off with a man’s car and, oddly, took the time to clean it out.

A man parked his relative’s Honda Accord at the corner of Willoughby and Fleet streets at 8 pm on June 22, only to come back three hours later to find it had vanished.

But the man’s belongings were still there, strewn on the sidewalk.

Two snatches

Don’t turn your attention away from your purse.

Two shoppers learned that valuable lesson the hard way last week.

In the first incident on June 18, a shopper at the Target near the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues was robbed while she tried on a jacket at around 10 pm. She told cops that she turned around and saw that her purse — containing an iPod, a cellphone, $80 and a $40 Metrocard — had disappeared. The store looked at the security tape, but found nothing.

Two days later, another woman was shopping at a shoe store on Fulton Mall near Lawrence Street at around 11:30 am when her bag was snatched off her baby stroller.

In this case, the purse contained credit cards, $30 and a pair of glasses. The police have yet to look at the surveillance footage.

Night heist

A robber sneaked into a man’s first-floor apartment during the night of June 21 and made off with over $900 in electronics.

The 39-year-old victim told cops that he discovered the theft the next day, when he returned to his Hall Street apartment, which is near Willoughby Avenue.

The thief come through a broken window and made off with a TV, DVD player, PlayStation, and several power tools.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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