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Two thugs violently mugged a woman on Prospect Park West on Aug. 31 — but the perps were quickly collared by a cop on the beat.

The robbery and rough-up took place at around 10 pm at the corner of Sixth Street, where the two female thugs — one 20 years old and one 15 — rushed over to their 51-year-old victim, pushed and shoved her before taking the purse.

Seconds later, Officer Maria Solano saw the older woman toss the cellphone to the ground as she ran from the robbery scene. By the time Solano got to the thieves, the purse was gone, too.

But both thugs were arrested.

Diaper diva

A thief working the Berkeley Playground nabbed a woman’s wallet after she left it atop her stroller in the popular schoolyard between Fifth and Sixth avenues on Aug. 31.

The woman told cops that she had put the wallet on the stroller at around 11 am, but it was gone 90 minutes later.

She lost $80, credit cards and her driver’s license.

Backdoor man

A man who went away for two days and forgot to close his back door returned to find that a laptop computer had been stolen from his Fifth Avenue apartment.

The 20-year-old man told cops that he went away on Aug. 28 and returned on Aug. 30 — and found the $400 Toshiba missing. That’s when he remembered that he’d failed to close the back door of the apartment, which is at First Streets.

Bar none

A woman lost her pocketbook after putting it down on a chair in a Fifth Avenue bar on Aug. 29.

The 29-year-old told cops that she had placed the bag next to her in the bar, which is at 12th Street, at around 11 pm. The woman lost $44 and several credit and debit cards.

Lost laptop

An Apple computer was stolen from a Union Street apartment on Aug. 30 in a daring middle-of-the-night theft.

The resident of the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, told cops that the perp entered through a rear window and sneaked through the house to take the $1,500 laptop computer, before leaving through the same rear window.

Print error

A driver for a delivery company had a $300 printer stolen from the back of his van as he was parked in front of a Fourth Avenue building on Aug. 28.

The driver told cops he was making the delivery at around 4 pm to the apartment, which is between St. Marks Place and Warren Street.

Bad guest

Here’s a lesson for all you singles out there: don’t invite strangers into your homes after meeting them in bars.

A 34-year-old St. Marks Avenue woman is no doubt recalling that time-honored lesson this week after a man she’d met hours earlier in a bar stole an iPod, a computer and $120 off her desk.

The victim told cops that she had met the man on Aug. 24 at an unidentified bar. She shared a cab with him back to her place, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 3 am. While she was in the bathroom, he filled his bag with her equipment and cash. She reported the crime three days later.

Big burg

A thief bashed through the front door of a Fifth Avenue apartment and helped himself to thousands of dollars in electronics and jewelry on Aug. 28, cops said.

The 29-year-old resident told cops that the crime must have occurred between noon and 12:30 pm, when he was out of the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh streets.

When he returned, he found the door broken open and his iPod, two digital cameras, two computers and yellow topaz ring missing.

That damn dog

A man who left his bag at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street so he could chase after his dog returned to the spot to discover the bag gone.

The dog took off at around 11 pm on Aug. 29, though cops are not sure of the pooch’s direction. Nonetheless, a quick-thinking thief grabbed the red and black Verizon bag, which contained the victim’s wallet, credit card, and dry cleaning slip.

The thief did not pick up the dry cleaning, but rang up more than $1,000 on the man’s credit card, cops said.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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