BBQ gives up its fat

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Waiters at Biscuit Barbecue on Fifth Avenue lost their night’s tips — and the eatery lost its receipts — in an early morning robbery on July 15.

Cops said a thief or thieves broke through a rear door of the restaurant, at President Street, at around 1 am. Once inside, he pocketed envelopes containing $4,200 (the restaurant’s cash) and $1,000 (the tips), and left.

Deathly crime

How low will some thieves go? Consider this: A thug stole a woman’s bag as she was attending a funeral at a Ninth Street church on July 13.

According to police, the 53-year-old Staten Island woman had left her bag on a table at the church, which is at the corner of Fourth Avenue.

The bag contained the usual: a cellphone, credit and debit cards, identification, and $150.

No one noticed the thief, so cops have no description to go on.

Got diamonds?

A thief who broke into a Second Street apartment while its tenant was away left with a pirate’s booty of diamonds, gold and sapphires, cops said.

The 27-year-old resident, whose apartment is near Fifth Avenue, told cops that she left the flat on June 29 and returned a week later to discover that rings of gold, diamond and sapphire, plus a gold-and-diamond necklace, had been stolen.

The total value of the haul was $10,300, cops said.

Skate punks?

Perhaps he just wanted to do some roller-skating.

Someone broke into Wollman rink in Prospect Park on July 9, but didn’t take anything, cops said.

According to police, the perp broke through a rear door sometime in the early morning hours, then broke into an inner office, yet stole nothing.

Low beating

A fist-fight between two men in the parking lot of a popular Gowanus Canal-zone hardware store late on July 8 ended up with the arrests of both men, cops said.

It’s unclear what started the 11 pm fight, but it escalated to the point where one man stabbed the other, a 46-year-old Red Hook resident, with some kind of dart or sharpened stick. The “victim” then hit his opponent, a 41-year-old Manhattan man, with a metal rod, cops said.

Police later charged both with assault. It will be up to the courts to sort it all out.

A third man, also 41 of Manhattan, was injured in the melee, but not arrested. He told cops that the Red Hook man “started it.”

Church hit

Two houses of worship were visited by an unholy spirit overnight on July 13, cops said.

The Park Slope United Methodist Church, which is on Sixth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets, was broken into sometime after 6 pm. The thief tried to open several locked cabinets before he scooped up a power drill and a sandblaster, and a camcorder valued at $200.

Just a few hours later and one block away on Seventh Avenue, the Kingsborough Temple was broken into.

This time, the thief entered into an audio-visual room, as well as the pastor’s study, where he took a digital camera, two lenses and a laptop computer.

Kiwi conned

A New Zealand native put her bag down for just a second on July 11 only to have a fleet-footed thief swipe it.

The 32-year-old Auckland visitor had set the bag down on Union Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 11 pm. Seconds later, she noticed that the bag — which contained all manner of tourist gear, including a camera, a cellphone, sunglasses and a New York City travel guide — was missing.

The 32-year-old also lost a 10-ride ticket for the Waiheke ferry, beloved by all Aucklanders.

Check it out

A thief wrote out $2,000 in checks after stealing three of the old-fashioned promissory notes from a 10th Street woman.

The victim told cops that someone had stolen three checks from her checkbook in her apartment, which is at Fourth Avenue, sometime between July 6 and July 9.

Conned Ed

Cops said they believe that an employee may have been involved in the theft of a piece of equipment valued at $9,000 from a Con Ed facility on First Street earlier this month.

The power company told cops that the $9,200 General Electric multi-line relay had been delivered on June 6 and placed in a storage area of the building, which is between Third and Fourth avenues.

But on July 11, when a worker went looking for the device, which is used in the distribution of electrical power, he discovered that it was missing.

Cops say that the storage area is accessible only to employees.

Break in

Thousands of dollars in electronic equipment and jewelry were taken from a 14th Street apartment on July 9, cops said.

The 32-year-old resident told cops that she had left the flat, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, at 8:40 am and returned at 7 pm to find that her Dell computer, iPod, DVD player, camera, camcorder, CD player, Game Boy and assorted jewelry had been taken.

Ugly crime

A Flatbush Avenue beauty salon was hit — and lost equipment and cash — overnight on July 10, cops said.

The thief entered through the front door of the salon, which is between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, even though its owner told cops that the door had been secured when he left at 9 pm on July 9.

The thief walked off with an Andis “touch liner” and 12 blades, valued at $1,000, and eight Oster trimmers, valued at $1,200.

Cash out

A thief who broke into a Fourth Avenue apartment left with more than $6,000 in cold cash on July 10.

The 33-year-old resident told cops that the crook broke through the front door of the apartment, which is between Butler and Baltic streets, between 7 am and 5 pm.

4-buck chuck

A Massachusetts woman got a scare, but lost very little in material goods, during a horrifying early morning armed theft on July 15.

The 23-year-old woman had been walking on Sackett Street near Fifth Avenue at around 1 am when two men surrounded her and one showed off a gun.

The thieves fledwith only $4 and various credit and ID cards.

Wheels gone

At least three vehicles were stolen off Park Slope streets. Here’s the weekly roundup:

• A 1999 Honda Civic, parked on Second Street, between Seventh and Eighth, on July 6 was gone by the time its 27-year-old owner returned to it on July 12. The car, preferred by thieves, despite its age, is valued at $5,000.

• A 1994 Acura — and its $1,000 airbags — was stolen from Second Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 7:30 am on July 10.

• A brand new Kawasaki motorcycle was swiped off Eighth Avenue. Its 39-year-old owner told cops that she had parked the chopper near the corner of Second Street on July 9 at 7 pm. But by 8 pm on July 11, the $6,600 wheels were gone.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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