Invisible man swipes jewelry store electronics

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A jewelry store was robbed in broad daylight on Sept. 15.

The 54-year-old store employee told cops that he was working at his 86th Street shop, which is near Fourth Avenue, at 3 pm when he noticed $7,500 missing from the register and his laptop also gone.

The man told police he didn’t see anyone in the store and, to make matters worse, his surveillance equipment was not recording at the time.

Costly toilet break

A Bay Ridge Parkway bodega was robbed while an employee had to step out to answer nature’s call on Sept. 14.

The victim told cops he went to the bathroom of the store, which is near Colonial Avenue, at 12:30 pm, only to return a few minutes later to discover $1,800 was missing from the register.

Cops say there were no signs of forced entry and no witnesses.

Purse grab

A customer at a popular 86th Street clothing store had her purse stolen on Sept. 13.

The 37-year-old victim told cops she was shopping at the retailer, which is near Fourth Avenue, at around 3 pm. She placed her bag down to get a better look at a shirt, but when she turned to the register to make the purchase she noticed her purse, which had $550, had been stolen.

Cops are reviewing surveillance footage.

Apartment rob

A 70th Street apartment was robbed of expensive jewelry on Sept. 15.

The 35-year-old victim told cops that he returned to the apartment, which is near Ninth Avenue, at 1:45 am to discover his back window broken, his front door damaged, and $21,700 worth of diamond earrings stolen.

Cell bandit

A man’s cellphone was stolen out of his hands while he was walking on Colonial Road on Sept. 12.

The heist went down when the 15-year-old victim was nearing 85th Street when a man ran up to him, grabbed his phone, and ran off towards 86th Street.

The phone was valued at $199.

Weird robbery

Here’s a strange and bizarre tale.

It all began when a 67-year-old woman returned to her 78th Street apartment at around 10 am on Sept. 9.

It was bad enough when she found the back door and bedroom window open — but things got even creepier.

Nothing, it turns out, had been stolen from the unit, which is near Fifth Avenue. But the perp had placed a spool of black yarn on the door knob in such a way that when the victim tried to open the door her hand got entwined in the yarn.

Luckily, the woman was able to unspool herself before calling the cops.

Thief with benefits

With enemies like this, who needs friends?

That is the question one 34-year-old woman may be asking after discovering that someone had used her last name and Social Security number to open up credit accounts — all of which were paid in a timely manner.

The victim, who lives on Bay Ridge Parkway near 12th Avenue, was doing a random online credit check on Sept. 8 when she discovered 13 unauthorized accounts dating back to 2001, ranging from $12,000 in student loans to a Gap account. All the accounts were up to date with no late balances.

The woman reported no damages, but wants the thief to get his own account.

Apartment rob

Burglars robbed a Marine Avenue home of $1,500 worth of electronics — including an expensive laptop — on Sept. 7.

The 24-year-old victim told cops that he had left the house, which is near Ridge Blvd, at 11 pm and was only gone for only two hours.

Purse swipe

A woman had her purse swiped from her baby stroller while shopping in an 86th Street department store on Sept. 15.

The 36-year-old mother was in the store, which is near 18th Avenue, at around 4:50 pm, when she turned away from the baby carriage to pick out some clothes. The thief ran off with her credit and debit cards, police said.

Unfortunately, the victim didn’t see the sneaky thief.

Bank rob

A 65th Street bank was robbed of $21,000 by a note-pushing robber on Sept. 15, police said.

The criminal, who was dressed entirely in black, entered the bank, which is near Bay Parkway, at around 2:14 pm. He approached the teller, handed over a note that read, “Give me the money,” and left the bank with the cash-filled duffle bag.

The thief didn’t know that the teller had also stuffed an dye pack into the sachel, which exploded about 20 feet from the bank. The thief dropped the cash and fled down 65th Street.

AM mug

A man was slashed, and robbed while he was walking home on New Utrecht Avenue on Sept. 14.

The 52-year-old was near 64th Street at 3 am when two thugs approached him. One of the perps pulled out a boxcutter and demanded cash and jewelry. The victim initially refused and fought back, but received a slash across the left side of his face in return. The second punk then swiped a gold chain, watch and wallet, which held $20 and his credit and debit cards, police said.

Both thugs fled, leaving the victim on the ground. He is recovering at Lutheran Medical Center.

Car break-in

A man had his luxury truck broken into overnight after leaving it parked on Bay Parkway on Sept. 9.

The 48-year-old left his 2001 Lincoln Navigator near Shore Parkway at around midnight. The next morning, he returned to find that the thieves had broken in and taken $200, plus credit and debit cards, police said.

Unfortunately, there were no witnesses.

Two for two

At least two 86th Street grocery stores were broken into and robbed last week.

The first break-in occurred on Sept. 7 at a bodega, which is near Bay 14th Street. At around 9 pm, the perps cut the locks on a basement door, pried open the ATM, and stole $500, including cigarettes and phone cards, police said.

The second store, which is near Bay 38th Street, was broken into two days later, at around 1:30 am. The thieves kicked in a back office air conditioner to gain entry and ransacked the place during their mad search for cash.

They swiped $2,500 from the store, and stole an unknown amount from a mini ATM, police said.

Neither store had surveillance equipment, giving the perps a clean getaway. No one word yet from the 62nd Precinct if the two incidents are related.

Bus grab

A man had his wallet stolen by a nifty pickpocket while riding on a crowded B8 bus on Sept. 6.

The 18th Avenue bus was approaching 65th Street at around 3:20 pm when the 60-year-old victim felt someone feeling his back pocket. The victim, not thinking anything of it, shrugged it off, but moments later noticed his wallet, which contained $105, including his credit and debit cards, was gone.

To add injury to insult, the thief charged more than $200 within 45 minutes.

Purse swipe

A mother had her purse stolen after leaving it unattended on her baby stroller while shopping in a Bay Parkway clothing store on Sept. 4.

The 38-year-old was within the store, which is near 86th Street, at around 3 pm when she left the carriage to try on some clothes. When she returned, the handbag, which contained $80, and her credit and debit cards, was gone.


A 73rd Street office had cash stolen after being held up at gunpoint by three punks on Sept. 4.

The trio entered the office, which is near 18th Avenue, at around 2:30pm.

All three pulled out guns, and the lead henchman screamed, “Where’s the money?”

Next, one perp punched and kicked one of the employees, stealing his wallet, which had $100, while his buddies searched the office. They found a bag filled with $1,000 in a back room, police said.

Other than the employee with a bruised left eye, the only damage to office was financial.

Savings bust

A man had a suitcase of cash and cellphones robbed from his Bay 19th Street apartment on Sept. 4.

The 27-year-old returned to his apartment, which is near Bath Avenue, at around 10:30 am. The thieves managed to bust open the front door and steal the suitcase, which contained $22,000, and the cellphones, police said.

Contract imposter

A fake contractor scammed a woman out of more than $4,000 after tricking her into laying out the down payment for some work at her 84th Street home on Aug. 27.

The 62-year-old had called the contractor to come to her home, which is near 24th Avenue, a couple of days before the incident. A few days later, her returned, gave the estimate, and took the $4,500. But he never did the work, police said.

Holey thieves

A Bay Ridge Parkway grocery store was robbed by thugs who entered through a hole they cut through the floor on Sept. 13.

The thugs entered the store, which is near New Utrecht Avenue, at around 2 am, and stole $20,200 from a safe and cash register. They also grabbed cigarettes and lottery tickets, police said.

Unfortunately for the store owner, the thieves disabled four security cameras when they cut through the roof.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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