They asked for the time, but stole kid’s iPod

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They said they just wanted the time, but they ended up taking an iPod.

Four men roughed up two teens and took one of their iPods in broad daylight on Sept. 20.

They began by asking the two victims, who were walking down Warren Street near Smith Street. They said it was 2:15 pm, but then the men surrounded them and began pushing them.

“Can I hear one song?” one of the thugs asked, pointing to a video iPod, before simply grabbing it. One teen got free from his assailants and ran off, and the muggers scattered soon after.


Police have arrested a 16-year hooligan for stealing his neighbor’s motorbike.

The boy criminal was caught on Kane Street between Court and Clinton streets on Sept. 11, police said.

Police said that the kid thief would likely be let off the hook with an order to do community service and stay away from his neighbor’s toys.

Car gone

A 54-year-old woman lost her car right in front of her Sackett Street house on Sept. 9, police said.

The woman parked her car on the corner of Hoyt Street before going to bed. When she woke up, the 2004 black Hyundai Alantra was gone, without even a shard of broken glass left in its wake. Police remain on the lookout for the $10,000 car.

Bar attack

A bartender was robbed at gunpoint on Sept. 16 as she prepared to open the Van Brunt Street tavern, police said.

The 24-year-old barmaid was cleaning a bathroom in the bar, which is on the corner of Pioneer Street, when two thugs entered through an unlocked door and flashed a gun at her.

One of the men put the revolver in her mouth and demanded cash from the register. The robbers took the bartender’s cellphone, $150 in tip money and $5,000 from the till before tying up the woman with duct tape and fleeing.

The bartender freed herself from her bathroom jail minutes after the hoods fled.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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