Beloved barber locked in bathroom, robbed

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Now this ain’t right.

A beloved old barber, who runs his own shop on Seventh Avenue, was robbed by a man pretending to be a Con Edison worker on Jan. 9.

At just before 4 pm, the man entered the Clover Barbershop, at 11th Street, and told barber Ercole Riccardelli, “I need to see the basement.”

Riccardelli told cops that the man was wearing what looked to be a “Con Ed” patch on his blue jacket and he had no reason to be suspicious because Con Ed had called earlier in the day to tell Riccardelli that a worker would be stopping by.

But instead of heading to the basement, the man forced Riccardelli into the bathroom and stole $620 from his pocket. He then locked the stylist in the bathroom while rummaging for more cash, though the thief found nothing except some old Italian jewelry of sentimental value only.

Eventually, he freed his victim and fled with the cash. Riccardelli, who lives in the building, was not harmed, but could not, unfortunately, give cops a good description of the thug.

“I really don’t feel too good about the whole thing,” Riccardelli told The Brooklyn Paper. But he vowed to stay open.

He said he was last robbed “a few years ago.”

Unholy theft

And on the sixth day, the perp robbed a church school.

A laptop computer and a boom box were stolen from a religious school on Union Street on Jan. 13 after a handyman slipped out for just 20 minutes to go to a nearby hardware store.

When he returned at 1:30, he found the front glass door had been smashed and the equipment missing.

The school, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, also lost $42.

Tough parking

A fight over a parking space along busy Sixth Avenue on Jan. 12 left one woman in the clink and another bloodied.

Police said that a woman was parking her car on the avenue, near 14th Street, when another woman started screaming that she was taking her space. With her verbal warning not working, the woman reached into the car and punched her mobile adversary, causing a bloody cut.

Cops arrested the 29-year-old woman and charged her with assault.

Night invasion

A man lost his laptop computer when a burglar sneaked into his 10th Street apartment while he slept on Jan. 11.

The victim told cops that he was snoozing at around 2:30 am when the burglar forced open the front door of his flat, which is between tony Eighth Avenue and tonier Prospect Park West, and helped himself to the computer.

A neighbor said he heard nothing, as well.

Schlock lock

Yet another gym rat had his locker broken into last week.

In what seems to be a weekly Police Blotter tradition, the latest victim had secured his belongings in a locker at the Prospect Park YMCA on Ninth Street at around 9:30 pm on Jan. 9, cops said.

While the indoor athlete did his normal routine, someone broke his lock and took his wallet, which held just $3 and credit cards.

By the time the Eastern Parkway man voided his cards, they’d already been used to ring up $600 in goods at a nearby Home Depot, cops said.

Crack job

A crack addict armed with nothing but a finger tried to rob two Fifth Avenue drugstores within a few minutes of each other in the afternoon of Jan. 10.

Police say the drug user entered the first store, which is at 10th Street, simulated having a gun with his digits, and told the counter worker, “This is a hold-up. Just give me all the money.”

The clerk didn’t give over any money, and the man fled.

But just a few doors uptown, the man found another drugstore that looked promising. Again, he entered, simulated the pistol and announced a stickup. Again, the clerk refused to give him any money.

By this time, cops responding to the first attempted robbery showed up and arrested the 37-year-old man at the second drugstore.

The perp didn’t have any cash on him, but he did have a crack pipe, police said. He was charged with two counts of robbery, menacing and criminal possession of drugs.

Baby blues

Yet another mom has had her handbag stolen off the top of her stroller while she shopped.

In the latest case, a woman was browsing the aisles in the basement of a popular Seventh Avenue bookstore on Jan. 10 at around 12:30 pm. She drifted away from her baby stroller for just long enough for a bandit to remove the wallet from her handbag and slip away.

The wallet contained $300 and various credit cards. By the time the Sunset Park woman cancelled the cards, the thief had rung up $700 in items from a chain drugstore next door to the chain bookseller.

Lock the door

A woman who forgot to lock her front door had her iPod and wallet taken off her coffee table by a thief who quietly followed her inside her Warren Street apartment on Jan. 7.

The woman entered the building, which is at Fourth Avenue, at just after 11 pm and closed the door behind her. She told cops that the criminal must have seen the popular digital music device and her wallet sitting on the coffee table, so he let himself in and took them.

Grasp for air

A woman who parked her Honda Civic on Berkeley Place on Jan. 4 returned several days later to find that the car had had its airbags ripped out.

The car had been parked between Eighth Avenue and Plaza Street West.

Cops say the airbags are worth $2,000 on the black market.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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