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Two hoodlums held up a credit union located inside a church and were thrown out by a heroic man after getting the money.

The odd combination church/ bank (moneychangers in the temple, anyone?), which is located on Grand Avenue near Greene Avenue, was victimized on Sept. 19 around 8:30 pm. The two gunmen entered, one shouting, “Give me all your money!” to an employee.

The woman complied, putting some cash into a bag, but as she was doing so, a man sneaked up behind the two and wrestled with them, somehow managing to get both of them out the door without being shot.


A thief added insult to injury on Sept. 17, when a woman’s purse was stolen from her car moments after she crashed into another vehicle.

The rear-ender happened on Washington Avenue between Myrtle and Park avenues at 6:30 pm. The 36-year-old woman got out of her 1998 Ford Explorer to see the damage to the other car, but in those short minutes, an unknown perp grabbed her purse from the front seat of her car.

The purse contained $225, keys, and credit cards.


A 13-year-old boy had not one, but both of his cellphones stolen in broad daylight while he was walking down Park Avenue on Sept. 18.

He was nearing Carlton Avenue at around 3:45 pm when two shady characters approached him and one said, “What you got? Run your pockets.” They grabbed him and went through his pockets, taking his Sidekick and his Motorola Slither.

Bad trip

A laptop computer was stolen from a Clermont Avenue apartment while its resident was on vacation, cops said.

The 34-year-old victim left on Sept. 9, leaving the keys with a security guard at her building, which is near Myrtle Avenue. A friend picked up the keys and didn’t notice any problems with the apartment, but when the woman returned on Sept. 18, she discovered her $1,300 laptop had disappeared. The friend said she hadn’t seen the laptop at all.

Deli danger

A 52-year-old woman was mugged for her cigarettes and soda while walking back from the deli on Sept. 20.

She made the trip from her apartment on Carlton Avenue and Fulton Street to a nearby deli at 11 pm. While she was opening the door to her apartment, a man came up to her and said, “I have a knife. Give me the money. I don’t want to hurt you.”

She complied, giving him $10. He took the cash, along with her Pepsi and pack of Newports, before running off.

Jacket jacked

A 59-year-old man stole a jacket from a Parks Department employee on Sept. 22, but cops soon arrested him after he failed to make an effort to run or hide.

The Parks worker left her jacket on a bench on Fulton Street and Classon Avenue around 11 am. She turned her back for a moment, and the jacket was taken.

Fortunately, she saw the thief walking casually away, wearing the not-exactly-inconspicuous jacket, along with a white sailor hat.

She approached him, and remembering her manners, asked “Could you please give back the jacket?”

“I ain’t giving you s—,” he replied. “Move.”

He shoved her out of the way and continued walking. The woman proceeded to call the cops and follow the man for a couple blocks, until he was picked up and arrested.

Pass the phone

A teenager was roughed up and had his phone stolen on Sept. 17, but the perp was quickly arrested, cops said.

The 15-year-old victim was walking on Fulton Street near Grand Avenue at around 5 pm when a man came up to him and said, “Pass it,” referring to the boy’s Sidekick cellphone. The boy said, “No,” but that wasn’t a good enough answer for the perp, who punched him in the face and grabbed the phone.

Cops found the perp at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Pacific Street.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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