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A Yankee-loving bank robber was foiled by a fast-thinking teller who called cops after tricking the villain into believing she had gone into a back room to get some cash.

By the time cops arrived, however, the perp had fled empty-handed from the Roosevelt Savings Bank branch, which is part of the Pathmark shopping center on 12th Street near the Gowanus Canal.

The incident began at noon on July 3, when a man wearing a classic blue Yankee cap entered the bank and slipped the teller a note that read, “This is a robbery. Do not panic. I have a gun. I will use it. Empty your drawer [and] remain calm until I leave. 100s, 50s and 20s only.”

The teller, whose name is being withheld by The Brooklyn Paper, told the perp, “Give me a minute. I have to get my keys,” and then slipped into a back room with her manager, where the pair called 911 and activated the bank’s silent alarm.

Cops did not have a good description of the Yankee fan thief.

Just said no

A 30-year-old woman survived a scare with her life intact and her cellphone still in her possession after two perps surrounded her on St. Marks Place on July 3.

The woman told cops that the two men approached her as she neared the corner of Fifth Avenue at around 12:30 am. One of the men pulled out a paper-covered object and said, “Give me your cellphone or I’ll kill you!” while the other man approached from the rear.

But when the woman refused, the two would-be assailants fled.

Punch out

A teenager had his fancy cellphone stolen from him after an older man punched him in the face on Prospect Park West on July 2.

The teen told cops that he was walking near 11th Street when the man came over, slugged him and then fled with the Sidekick phone.

The boy lives on 10th Street.

Big swipe

A perp grabbed a woman’s pocketbook as she waited for a bus at Grand Army Plaza on July 3 — and walked off with more than a grand in cash.

The 28-year-old woman had been waiting for the bus at the northern end of the awkward traffic circle when the thief approached from behind.

The purse contained $1,030, plus a cellphone and a 30-day MetroCard. The victim never got a good look at the criminal.

Tattoo youth

A pair of perps — one sporting a racy tattoo — made off with thousands in cash and electronics in a brazen midday robbery at a popular Flatbush Avenue pool hall on July 5.

An 18-year-old woman who works at the billiard parlor, which is near Seventh Avenue, said she put her handbag behind the counter at the start of her shift at around 2:30 pm, but it was missing when she returned.

When she asked around, a co-worker told her that he had seen a woman leave the pool hall with the bag. He described her as a white Hispanic woman with a tattoo of a topless woman on her right arm.

She and her male accomplice sped away in a Mercedes, the witness said.

Later, when the 32-year-old checked his own belongings, he discovered that his $4,000 laptop had also been taken.

Glass bash

Try not to leave your valuables in your car.

At least two people were reminded of this safety precaution last week in separate incidents involving cars, broken glass, and lost property.

In the first incident, a 38-year-old woman had parked her car in Grand Army Plaza at around 5:50 pm on July 4. When she returned to the car minutes later, she found the window smashed and her wallet missing.

She lost just $30 — a far-less-expensive lesson than the one learned by a 32-year-old man who had parked his car on Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo at 1:40 pm on July 8.

When he returned two hours later, he saw the broken glass and soon discovered that his laptop computer was missing.

Very unsweet

A popular Ninth Street bakery was robbed of a computer and a cellphone on July 6.

The perp entered the Paris-style bakery at around 2 pm — just when all the employees happened to be in the basement.

He grabbed a laptop and a phone and left the bakery, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, before anyone got a good look at him.

Good collars

Two perps were nabbed — one with his victim’s cash still in his front pocket — minutes after mugging a man on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Second Street on July 8.

The robbery occurred at just after midnight. The two men had approached their victim and, after coyly asking for directions, started punching the older man.

One of the men screamed, “Give me your money,” and the 52-year-old victim handed over $355.

Cops flooded the zone and quickly arrested two men — a 21-year-old and a 19-year-old. The older perp, described as a menacing 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, still had the cash in his pocket. He was hit with robbery, larceny, assault and harassment charges.

His partner in crime, whom police described as an even more menacing 6-foot-4, 250-pound teen, was charged with robbery, assault and harassment.

No cash swipe

A retired letter carrier had his pocket picked, but he got the last laugh over the thief: there was no money in the wallet that got lifted.

The man, who lives on Sixth Street, told cops he had gotten off a Manhattan-bound R train at the Fourth Avenue station in Park Slope at around 4 pm on July 6 and noticed that his wallet was missing.

That’s when he remembered being jostled as the train neared the 25th Street station. He couldn’t give cops a good description of the bumpers, but said there was nothing in the wallet except a Social Security card and his postal pension card.

TV taken

A perp smashed his way into a Prospect Park West apartment during the owner’s month-long vacation and walked off with a $900 TV set.

The crime was reported on July 8, but the owner said it could have happened any time after June 13.

In the interim, an unknown criminal pried open a metal gate on a first-floor window and let himself into the building, which is at 13th street.

He took the 24-inch Sony TV and left.

Wheely weird

An old Dodge was stolen from a spot on Dean Street on July 1, cops said.

The 60-year-old owner had parked the 1992 Spirit — valued at all of $700 — between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 3 pm. When he returned around noon the next day, the old wheels were gone.

In an unrelated, though equally bizarre, crime, a Third Street man told cops that thieves tried to steal his 1988 Pontiac — and even moved it from a spot on Sixth Avenue onto his street — on June 29.

The perps damaged the steering wheel too, cops said.

Wheels gone

At least two other cars were stolen off Park Slope streets last week.

A 2002 Suburu Outback was stolen from a spot on Carroll Street sometime between June 30 and July 4, and a 2000 Honda Civic was swiped from its spot on Eighth Street on July 5.

In the first case, the owner told cops that she had parked the car between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

In the second, the owner said he’d parked between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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