Building is hit twice in one day

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Sometimes, you don’t even have to leave your apartment to get robbed — though sometimes you do.

The same Eighth Avenue building was hit twice on June 19 — and one victim told cops that he was in another room of the apartment when the robbery occurred.

In that odd case, the man said he left his bedroom at around 8:30 pm — and when he returned two hours later, he noticed that someone had ransacked the room and $800 was missing from a dresser drawer.

The 47-year-old victim told cops that the burglar must have come through the open window.

Hours later, cops got another call from a different resident of the same building, which is at Fifth Street. In this case, the man had left the building at 9:30 am. When he returned about 16 hours later, he found that his bedroom had also been ransacked.

The 33-year-old man did not specify what items were missing.

Diner dash

A thief swiped the handbag of a woman who had been having dinner at a Carroll Street restaurant on June 21.

The woman told cops that she had not been paying attention to her purse while she ate at around 8:30 pm at the joint, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

The 30-year-old victim said she lost a cellphone, credit cards and a Metrocard, but no values were given by police.

Nighttime rob

You’ve got to know when to hold them, know when to hold them, know when to walk away, know when to run. But the most important advice in that famed Kenny Rogers song is this: You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table.

One 24-year-old man should have applied that advice to the mean streets near Fourth Avenue on June 18, because as he was counting his cash, a man came over with a black handgun and took the money right out of his hand.

The Red Hook man had been walking between Ninth and 10th Streets at around 10 pm and counting out his $150 when the gunman came over and swiped the cash.

The perp, who was described as a 32-year-old white Hispanic man, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds with short wavy hair, fled down Ninth Street towards Third Avenue, cops said.

Bagel bash

A thug tried to take a man’s wallet right out of his hand at a Fifth Avenue bagel store, but when the man resisted, the perp hauled off and punched him three times in the face — but the would-be thief never got his money or his bagel, as cops quickly arrested him.

The action started at around 4 pm on June 23, when the Virginia man was waiting on line at the bagelry, which is at Carroll Street. That’s when the thief made a grab for the wallet — and when he failed to get it, started punching the 22-year-old victim.

Cops got to the scene while the perp was still there, police said. The victim was not injured.

No damage

A thief tried to get inside a building on Union Street on June 18, but he didn’t make it.

A resident of the building noticed scrape marks on the front door of her brownstone, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Not wheely bad

At least one car was stolen and another broken into last week on Slope streets — far less than the seven vehicle robbery spree in our last issue.

The stolen car, a 1996 Ford Explorer, had been parked on Warren Street between Third and Fourth avenues on June 23 at 11 pm. When the 33-year-old owner returned to it the next day, it was gone.

The other car was broken into on June 20. The 34-year-old owner had parked it in the lot of a large hardware store next to the Gowanus Canal at around 11:40 am. When she returned just a half-hour later, she found the passenger window broken and her iPod and various credit cards missing.

Sleeping booty

An elderly man from Minnesota lost his cellphone and wallet to a thief after he fell asleep on a Bay Ridge-bound R train on June 23.

The 84-year-old told cops that he entered the subway system at the City Hall stop in Manhattan at around 7:30 am and, once onboard the train, promptly fell asleep.

When he woke up at the Pacific Street station, he noticed that his rear pocket had been slashed open and his possessions had been taken.

The wallet contained various credit cards.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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