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Talk about excessive fees.

The general manager of a Bay Ridge Avenue check-cashing store says that an ATM machine that was installed on Sept. 25 arrived on schedule, but without the cash.

The GM told cops that a technician arrived at the store, which is near 12th Avenue at 1:10 pm to install the money machine, but when the techie left, the ATM, which was supposed to be holding $13,580, was empty.

The technician told cops that the cash machine was full and locked when he left it at the store manager and has no idea where the missing loot could be.

Gas guzzlers

Two workers at a Fourth Avenue gas station were supposed to work the graveyard shift on Sept. 25, but instead plundered $13,056, cops said.

The alleged crime was discovered when another employee came to relieve the workers at 7 am, but instead found the gas station, which is near 91st Street, closed and the valuables missing, according to cops.

Cops said that video surveillance shows the two perps making off with bags holding money orders, cigarettes, and $5,000 worth of lottery tickets at about 2 am.

The police have the names and cellphone numbers of the two employees and expect to nab the crooks shortly.

Credit swipe

A 49-year-old woman says someone used her credit card number to purchase expensive computer supplies on Sept. 27.

The victim told cops that she never lost her American Express card, but that someone had stolen her card number and used it to buy $6,281 in fancy electronics at the Apple store in Manhattan.

Cops were able to trace the computer’s serial number and obtain a copy of the receipt.

Apartment rob

A woman’s Shore Road apartment was burglarized while she was taking an afternoon stroll on Sept. 27.

The 32-year-old returned to her apartment, which is near 96th Street, at around 2 pm. She found a rear bedroom window open and her jewelry, which included gold rings and bracelets, gone.

Transit nap

A man had his wallet literally cut out of his pants as he was sleeping on a Coney Island-bound N train on Sept. 30.

The victim awoke at the Kings Highway stop at around 5 am after a long nap following a hard night of drinking. He discovered his front pants pocket was cut and his wallet was gone.

Thieves managed to swipe $25, along with his credit and debit cards, without even waking him, police said.

Pizza problem

Thieves broke in and robbed $10,000 from an 18th Avenue pizzeria overnight on Sept. 29.

The eatery, which is near 86th Street, was broken into at around 3 am, cops said. The thugs gained entry through a rear gate, and swiped the cash from a cabinet beneath the cash register.

There were no alarms or cameras within the pizzeria, allowing the criminals a clean getaway.

Afternoon rob

A man was robbed by two thugs on Sept. 28 as he was walking home on 82nd Street.

The 24-year-old was near Bay Parkway at around 3:20 pm, when the tag team approached him. One of the thugs pulled out a knife and said, “If you don’t give me the money, I’m going to stab you.”

Next, the victim was sucker-punched by the other perp, and he fell to the ground. The duo rifled through his pockets, stealing $150, along with his cellphone and his jewelry, police said.

Unfortunately, the victim was unable to get a good look at the perps’ faces, but he did watch them run down Bay Parkway

Gym swipe

The gym swipe, a regular feature on our weekly crime page, is back after a two-week hiatus — and this time, a man had his cash, and jewelry stolen out of his locker at an 86th street health club on Sept. 28.

The member was working out at the gym, which is near 19th Avenue, at around 7:15 pm. After a long workout and shower, the victim returned to his locker and realized that he had locked his key inside the locker. When the management clipped the lock, he discovered his property was missing.

The perps had stolen $170, along with credit cards and jewelry, police said.

Purse grab

A woman had her purse snatched as she was walking up the driveway to her 83rd Street home on Sept. 27.

The 60-year-old woman was approaching her home, which is near 23rd Avenue, at around 3:20 pm, when the thug rushed her from behind.

The woman struggled initially, but was thrown to the ground as he ripped the bag from her. He ran off with the pocketbook, which had $12, along with her credit and debit cards, police said.

The victim’s problems didn’t end there: the thug managed to charge $136 before she could cancel the cards.

City scam

Two thugs impersonating city workers gained entry to a man’s 66th Street apartment to fix a water leak, but swiped his cash and credit cards instead on Sept. 25.

The 37-year-old let the scammers inside his apartment, which is near 17th Avenue, at around 9 am.

The victim, who doesn’t speak English, let the thugs in without seeing proper identification. One stayed behind to distract the victim while the other wandered to the bedroom and swiped the goods.

After they left, the victim noticed his dresser drawers were open and $800 and credit and debit cards missing, police said.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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