Dumbbell lands boxer in hospital

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The son of a physical trainer at a DUMBO gym famous for training boxing champions cracked a fellow patron over the head with a dumbbell on Jan. 10, police said.

The 26-year-old victim said he winked at the weightlifter before the brute hefted the three-pound barbell into his head, around 7 pm, on the second-floor gym on Front Street between Main and Washington streets.

Police are investigating what sparked the original dispute, but the resulting violence landed the victim at Lutheran Medical Center, where he was treated for a painful, swollen neck and the gash on his head.

Table manners?

Even the best addresses have their domestic disputes. And on Christmas, none the less.

A 37-year-old woman allegedly hurled a kitchen table at her ex-husband early Christmas morning inside his Columbia Heights apartment, police said.

The divorcee stopped by her ex’s home, near Clark Street, shortly after midnight for a chat, cops said. After more than five hours of discussion, an argument began.

The war of words quickly became violent. The aggressor allegedly bit her 51-year-old former hubby on the left arm, leaving him with tooth-marked bruises. She also hefted the table toward the victim, leaving him with a swollen and bruised leg.

Runaway mink

Someone swiped a fur from the coat check at a Lawrence Street bar early on Jan. 13, police said.

A 44-year-old patron arrived at the lounge, near Willoughby Street, shortly after midnight, clad in mink. When the woman was preparing to leave, around 2 am, she went to fetch her fur — but the coat check clerk couldn’t find the cloak. Also missing was the cellphone stashed in her pocket.

Hot pink heist

A woman at a Court Street copy shop lost her wallet to thieves on Jan. 8, police said.

The 23-year-old victim visited the shipping and copy franchise, near Montague Street, around 10:30 am. She was working on a computer and set her hot pink purse on the next desk. When she turned to fetch a document from the printer, she discovered that someone had swiped her wallet, along with bank cards and $200.


A man lost his crucifix when a man who may have had a gun robbed him on Livingston Street at 1:30 pm on Jan. 8, police said.

The 27-year-old victim was leaving a taco franchise with his 22-year-old lady friend when a stranger appeared behind him. The pair crossed the street, near Bond Street, heading for their car, and the man followed.

As the victim got into the driver’s seat and tried to close the door behind him, the thug snatched the car door open and grabbed him by his chest.

“I’m gonna pop you,” he insisted.

The brute yanked him from the car, knocking his gold chain to the pavement in the process. With his hand in his pocket — as if holding a gun — the thief grabbed the necklace from the ground and ran off.

D’town snatch

A young woman lost her purse to a swift thief on Schermerhorn Street on Jan. 8, police said.

The 22-year-old was standing near Third Avenue, around 11:45 am, when a stranger ran by and grabbed the bag. The thief bolted north, toward Flatbush Avenue, before she could get a good look at him.

The bag held a half-dozen credit cards and $100. The robber also scored four pieces of her jewelry.

Tunes stolen

A thief scored an iPod, CDs and other accessories when he robbed a woman at the Clark Street subway station on Jan. 6, police said.

The mugger snatched two shopping bags from the victim’s hands as she waited inside the station, at Henry Street, around 2 pm, and ran off. The bags held an iPod, two CDs, an iPod carrying case, earphones and other equipment.

Bogus barrister

Court officers arrested a man in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Jan. 16 for impersonating a Long Island attorney in a $4-million property deal and other cases over the past year, sources told The Brooklyn Paper.


A fast food chain on Hamilton Avenue near West Ninth Street was robbed on Jan. 14.

The thief walked into the burger joint around 1:30 pm, pulled out a black handgun and approached the counter, cops said.

“Get the manager and everything will be okay,” he allegedly told the clerk. “Don’t make me shoot everyone in here.”

The counter worker ignored the robber’s request for a senior employee and emptied the cash register himself. Once he had $380 in hand, the gunman bolted from the restaurant, heading toward Red Hook, cops said.

Ah, sarcasm

You could call it overkill — or over-mug, to be more precise.

A pair of thugs with a knife and an attitude robbed a man on Dekalb Avenue of his phone and $9 on Jan. 12, police said.

The 29-year-old victim was walking near the corner of Washington Park when the two thieves passed him, heading the other direction, around 9:40 pm. But then the strangers stopped, turned around, and walked back toward the victim.

“Hey, let me ask you something,” one said before pulling out a knife. “Empty your pockets,” the armed man now insisted.

The victim complied, and the thieves ran off. One called back, “Stay safe,” as they ran west on Dekalb Avenue, toward Carlton Avenue.

No holiday

Someone cut through a wall to steal cash and a computer from a business at Long Island University while the college was closed for the Christmas break, police said.

The sandwich shop on the third floor of a University Plaza building, near Flatbush Avenue Extension, was burglarized between Dec. 22 and Jan. 8, police said. When the 45-year-old owner returned, he found a section of the wall sliced open, and a Gateway computer and $50 missing.

Not grand

A quick-acting thief stole nearly $1,000 from a woman outside an Atlantic Avenue mall on Jan. 10, police said.

The 23-year-old victim had been standing near the corner of Flatbush Avenue just before 8 pm when she placed her pocketbook atop her shopping cart to make a telephone call.

With her attention diverted, the thief moved in, swiping the bag and running off.

Mall guards are now reviewing the security video to see who was involved. The pocketbook contained a pink wallet, which held a $76 Metrocard, bank and credit cards, and $956.

HS heist

A laptop disappeared from a locked classroom at Brooklyn Technical High School that had been left unattended for only a few minutes on Jan. 12, police said.

The owner of the Powerbook, a 50-year-old teacher, said he left the unit on his desk when he went to the restroom, shortly before 10 am.

But locking the door didn’t stop the thief at the school, which is on Fort Greene Place near Dekalb Avenue. Apparently, the lock wasn’t adequate; the victim said he reported problems with the device to his supervisor twice last fall.

Jewelry taken

A Clinton Avenue resident lost $750 worth of jewelry and electronics to a thief who broke in on Jan. 9, police said.

The 33-year-old victim left her home, near Willoughby Street, around 8:30 pm. When she returned the next day, she discovered that a bedroom window in back was open and her 32-inch television, Xbox 360 game, and two items of name-plate jewelry were gone.

Love, gems lost

Talk about a holiday from hell. A 31-year-old woman returned from a five-week vacation to find her husband gone from their Willoughby Street home — along with jewelry valued at more than $5,000, police said.

The woman left their apartment, near Ashland Place, around 9 pm on Dec. 6. When she returned on Jan. 13, her hubby was gone, along with a $2,000 Gucci ring, and a Tiffany gold chain, with pearls, valued at over $3,000.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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