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This lady really lost time.

A 72-year-old woman returned to her 87th Street home on July 6 to discover her front door broken and more than $7,500 in valuable watches — including a $5,100 Rolex — missing.

The woman had returned to her home, which is near Sixth Avenue, at 3:45 pm after a short stroll.

Police said that no neighbors reported hearing or seeing anything out of the ordinary. But one cop said an arrest is only a matter of time.

Such friends

An 84-year woman was a victim of identity theft — by one of her daughter’s friends.

The woman, who lives on 83rd Street near Fifth Avenue, told cops that a friend of her daughter opened up several credit card accounts in her name, and made $491 in purchases before the elderly woman became aware of the fraud on July 7.

The inside job was easy work for the opportunistic 44-year-old perp, since her father used to do financial work for the lady and had still access to her personal information.

Cops have identified the faker and have issued a warrant for her arrest.

Apartment rob

A Shore Road apartment was robbed while its resident was off doing errands on July 6.

The heist went down at around 6 pm. When the 48-year-old victim returned after an hour walk, he found that his front door was open and his flat, which is near 72nd Street, had been ransacked.

Double booty

A pair of purse snatchings in as many days both involving a gray SUV, cops said.

The first theft went down on July 4, shortly after 9 pm, when a 26-year-old woman was walking along Shore Road near 92nd Street. A gray SUV pulled up beside her, and an unknown man jumped out of the car, grabbed her purse, jumped back in the gas guzzler and sped off.

Fortunately, the inconvenient truth for this perp was that the woman was only carrying $17.

The second victim wasn’t as lucky.

Two days later, a 25-year-old victim was walking on 10th Avenue near 63rd Street at 8:11pm, when a gray SUV stopped next to her. This time, the man showed her a gun before demanding her purse. The woman quickly handed over the purse and the driver fled.

The SUV-driving bandit made off with a cellphone, valued at $400, an iPod and $180.

Break-in

A man returned to his West Sixth Street home on July 3 only to discover thugs had robbed cash and jewelry after his wife had left a side kitchen sliding door unlocked.

The 53-year-old man came back to his home, which is near Avenue P, at around 2:30 pm. Within the three hour span of when his wife left for work and when he came home, criminals managed to take $300, along with his family’s priceless jewelry, police said.

AM attack

A 22-year-old woman was robbed by two thugs who pushed and shoved her on July 3.

The woman was walking home on Stillwell Avenue, near 25th Avenue, at around 3 am when the thugs approached her. They shoved her into a telephone pole and snatched her purse, which contained $70, along with her credit and debit cards, police said.

After the attack, the tag team fled down 84th Street.

Nuisance

A 66-year-old had her purse robbed at gunpoint in the lobby of her Bay 38th Street building by the very same thug she held the door for just minutes before on July 4.

The terrifying incident began at 1 pm, when the victim went to check her mail within the building, which is near Cropsey Avenue. The thug rushed her from behind and attempted to take her pocketbook. When she resisted, he pulled out his silver pistol and told her, “Give me the bag and don’t follow me out. I will shoot you.”

The victim gave him the purse, which contained $90, along with her credit and debit cards, police said.

Holiday rob

A Bensonhurst man returned to his Bay 35th Street apartment and found thugs had ransacked his bedroom and taken his hard-earned cash on July 4.

The victim returned to his apartment, which is near Benson Avenue, at around 4:30 pm. The thugs had rummaged through his things, taking $6,000, along with a new Samsung TV, police said.

Teen bust

A teen who had his bicycle and his cellphone robbed on July 6 helped police catch three of the four thugs who attacked him.

The victim was biking on Bay Parkway near 80th Street at around 11:15 pm when the perps approached him and pushed him off the bike. Next, two of the thugs rummaged through his pockets, taking his cellphone.

But the attack didn’t end there. After taking his property, all four proceeded to punch and kick the teen as he lay on the pavement, police said.

Fortunately, two witnesses saw the whole thing, helped him chase down the punks, and then held them until police showed up.

Bank rob

A bank robber knocked off a New Utrecht Avenue branch for $2,516 at around 5:30 pm on July 6, police said.

The perp came into the bank, which is near 71st Street, and passed a note to the cashier: “Give me your money. I have a gun. You have 3 seconds.”

The teller complied with the robber, giving him the money along with a new blue friend, a dye pack that explodes after a few seconds.

Cops locked down all the subway stations in the vicinity of the bank, but they came up empty, allowing the thug a clean (minus the paint) getaway.

Car store swipe

An 18th Avenue auto store owner had his wallet stolen right out of an onsite toolbox on July 1.

The 55-year-old owner of the store, which is near 86th Street, noticed the break in at around 4 pm, when he went looking for his wallet. The thief got away with $110, including debit and credit cards, police said.

Teen turmoil

A 14-year-old had his cellphone stolen after two thugs attacked and robbed him in front of a Bay Parkway grocery store on June 29.

The victim was in front of the store, which is near Bay Ridge Avenue, at around 1:15 am when the criminals approached the teenager. Without any warning, the two punks started to throw milk crates at the victim and then swiped his phone, police said.

The perps fled with the portable phone in hand.

Forgiveness?

A woman had her car stolen right in front of her very eyes when a punk used a traffic accident as cover for him to swipe the wheels on June 29.

The woman was driving on 15th Avenue and 77th Street at around 9:30 am when a punk driving a stolen grey Nissan plowed into her car from behind with, cops said. After the two exited their vehicles to discuss the situation, the thug proceeded to jump into the woman’s silver Hyundai, and sped off towards New Utrecht Avenue, police said.

The victim was unable to identify the punk in a police lineup. Cops are hunting for the car, which has the New York plate number BAW9517

Sleeping beauty

A woman asleep in her 78th Street apartment received the wake-up call of a lifetime when her friend’s ex-boyfriend broke in and tried to kidnap her on June 29.

She heard the punk break into the apartment, which is near 17th Avenue, as he was prying open her bedroom window at around 1 am.

Once inside, he left the bedroom for the living room to snatch up his former girlfriend, who was sleeping on the couch. But she woke up, slipped his grasp and hid in the bathroom.

The 43-year-old disgruntled lover fled, but was later caught by police.

Are we lost?

A 61-year-old SUV owner had his navigational system taken on June 28.

The owner of the 2006 Toyota Rav 4 parked the car on 71st Street and 17th Avenue, but when he returned the following morning, the driver’s side window was smashed and the satellite guidance system was gone.

Home front rob

A 78th Street man was robbed at gunpoint right in front of his building on June 26.

The victim was approaching the building, which is near 20th Avenue, at around 1 am when one thug pulled out a black pistol. The other rifled the victim’s pockets, taking his cellphone, and a wallet that contained $20, police said.

The two punks fled down 78th Street.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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