Burglars love to pick off those cool hipster Apples

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Three roommates lost thousands of dollars in computers and other electronics when a thief broke into their Maujer Street apartment during the day on Sept. 14.

The victims — a 24-year-old and his three roommates — told cops that someone had broken the lock on the front door of the apartment, which is between Waterbury Street and Morgan Avenue, between 2 and 3 pm, when no one was home.

The thief got away with two Apple laptops, one Gateway laptop, a Nikon digital camera and lens, plus a Bose stereo system — a total hipster haul of $6,199, cops said.

Two days later, an Apple computer belonging to a 19-year-old was stolen out of his Grand Street apartment in the early morning hours, cops said.

The victim told police that he was not in the apartment, which is between Rodney and Keap streets, from 2:30 to 7:30 am.

Bar brawl

A fight broke out inside the aptly named Trash Bar on Grand Street, cops said, resulting in a puncture wound that was so unthreatening that the Manhattan man who sustained it didn’t bother to treat the wound until he got home.

The fight broke out at around 11:30 pm on Sept. 14 inside the bar, which is between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, police said. At some point, the violent words turned bloody, when the perp picked up a bottle and smashed it over the 28-year-old victim’s head.

He went back to Manhattan and took himself to the emergency room at Beth Israel Hospital.

Bottle brigade

Cops found themselves in the middle of a melee on Sept. 16 when onlookers started throwing bottles at them as they tried to arrest an emotionally disturbed woman who had blocked traffic on South Ninth Street.

Officers responded after getting a call that a woman had sat down on a sidewalk and was blocking pedestrian traffic between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street.

The woman refused to give identification and started to flail her arms around to avoid arrest. One of her blows landed in the face of one of the cops, police said.

When the officers began using more force to subdue the woman, she started screaming, “Don’t let them do this to me. Help me! Get the police,” prompting some onlookers to throw bottles at the officers and cause “a grave risk of public alarm,” according to the police report.

The 20-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault, riot in the second degree, resisting arrest and obstructing traffic, a violation.

Bicycle thief

A woman heading to her boyfriend’s apartment on Sept. 16 was robbed by a thief on a bicycle, cops said.

The woman told police that she was near her man’s apartment, at the corner of Bedford and Metropolitan avenues, at around 2 am when the bike-riding thief rolled up and grabbed her purse.

She lost a fancy wallet, a $400 pair of sunglasses, credit and debit cards, and $30.

Bar burg

In what has become a Police Blotter staple, a man partying at a Hope Street bar on Sept. 16 lost his cellphone and laptop computer to a thief who swiped his unattended bag off the floor, police said.

The 23-year-old victim told cops that he had put the bag near his feet, but as he was getting ready to leave at around 2:30 am, he discovered that it was no longer there.

The bar is between Roebling and Havermeyer streets.

AM mug

Three men mugged and assaulted a man near the corner of Rodney and South Ninth streets just after midnight on Sept. 15, police said.

The 27-year-old victim told cops that he was walking on Broadway when three men approached him and demanded money. Before he could answer, two of the three men started pummeling him, while the third man took the victim’s wallet.

The police report said the wallet held not only $200 and credit cards, but also a gun permit.

Jewels gone

Hundreds of dollars in gold jewelry was taken from a Moore Street apartment while its resident was at school on Sept. 15.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that the thief must have broken into the apartment, which is between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue, between 9:30 am and 3 pm, when she got home.

She said that the thief got away with $700 in gold jewelry, plus an old laptop and $1,000.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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