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A courteous man escorted an 81-year-old lady to her Boerum Street home early Saturday evening, then grabbed her by the neck, snatched cash from her pocket, and ran away.

The Sept. 30 robbery happened at 5:30 pm, between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue. The elderly victim lost $80.

Mac attack

A Grand Street husband and dad got home from vacation to discover that he was short a computer.

On Sept. 28, the 34-year-old man returned to his home, between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue, and found his $1,500 iMac notebook missing. He claims to have locked his doors, but there was no damage to indicate a break-in.

Burglary rash

Two tenants of a South 11th Street building returned to their apartments on the same floor to discover they’d been robbed of thousands of dollars worth of electronics.

On Sept. 12, a 40-year-old woman returned from vacation to her apartment, between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, and discovered that someone had taken her $250 iPod, her iPod cable and her $250 silver Sony digital camera.

Her neighbor told police that she saw someone knocking on the door of a 25-year-old man on the same floor claiming he needed to inspect the gas meter.

That neighbor, a 25-year-old man, returned to his apartment on Sept. 28 to find that he’d been robbed of his $1,800 iMac laptop, his $1,500 Dell laptop and his $300 Sony camera. Upon filing his police report, he brought up the same incident involving the suspicious gas-meter inspector. In neither case were there signs of forced entry.

Phone filch

A short man with a Caesar haircut punched a young woman in the face and stole her cellphone on Sept. 28, cops said.

The 22-year-old victim was at the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Grand Street on 3:20 pm when the man assaulted her. She said the phone was worth $500.

Bodega binge

Cops arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly walking into a Grand Street bodega with an accomplice, one wielding a gun the other a large knife, striking an employee across the face, and walking out with $2,000 and $300 worth of Newport cigarettes on Sept. 29.

The incident occurred at 3:55 pm at bodega between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, cops said.

Dumpster dive

Who would steal a Dumpster? That’s what cops are asking after a Metropolitan Avenue business discovered that seven Dumpsters had been removed from its yard last week.

The absconded trash receptacles, worth a total of $28,000, include two 30-yard Dumpsters, three 20-yard Dumpsters, and two 20-yard Dumpsters. Those trash containers used to reside between Stewart and Gardner avenues.

Home invasion

The cops arrested a 34-year-old Manhattan Avenue resident hours after he and an accomplice allegedly pushed their way into a neighbor’s home, wielded a black handgun, threatened to shoot the victims if they moved, then robbed them.

During the 2:40 am, Sept. 28 incident, the robbers made off with $340 in cash, a $300 check and a cellphone. The male victim, 39, and the female victim, 49, live between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue. The cops are still searching for the accomplice.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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