Didn’t Momma always say, “Don’t punch girls”?
Two young men walked up to a woman on the morning of Jan. 16 and slugged her because they wanted her cellphone.
The 18-year-old victim was talking on her cell at the corner of Colonial Road and 85th Street when the two men approached. After the unprovoked zinger, one grabbed the $200 Motorola Sidekick and fled toward Fifth Avenue.
God forbid you leave your belongings at your desk — in a church! — to take a bathroom break. A woman mistakenly thought her belongings would be safe while she ran to the john on Jan. 18.
When the 38-year-old victim returned to her desk at the parish, which is on Fourth Avenue and 73rd Street, she discovered she’d been robbed.
The quick-moving robber stole her $300 Gucci sunglasses, her $425 Burberry red leather purse, her $250 Burberry yellow canvas wallet, house keys, $40, and credit cards.
The victim told cops she would try to turn the other cheek.
Two laptops were stolen about a dozen blocks apart on Jan. 17.
In the first case, a Queens resident returned to his car to discover that its passenger-side front window had been smashed and his computer stolen.
The 32-year-old victim also lost two cellphones and a $150 Sirius satellite radio from the black Dodge Charger, which had been parked on 78th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
Later that afternoon, a man returned to his gray Jeep Cherokee and found the lock on passenger-side front door lock been broken, and his Dell laptop and $500 global positioning system stolen.
The 31-year-old victim had parked his car on Third Avenue at 92nd Street.
A Bay Ridgite thought he’d scored a 1969 Chevy Camaro for $8,000 on eBay. It turned all he’d bought was humble pie.
After transferring $8,000 from his Citibank account to the seller’s account, the 72nd Street resident got some bad news via email: the supposed seller was using the online auction site as a front.
Needless to say, the victim never got his Camaro. Nor did he get his money back. But he did report the crime to the police on Jan. 15.
Practice makes perfect, but it’ll cost you.
A woman dancing her heart out had her purse snatched inside a Bath Avenue studio.
The woman had left her purse unattended in the dance studio, which is between Bay 13th and Bay 14th street on Jan. 19. At around 6:30 pm, a thief sneaked into the room stole her pocketbook and fled, police said.
The creep took her jewelry, credit and debit cards. There were no witnesses, police said.
A local supermarket and nearby bagel store were the victims of a string of recent burglaries on 20th Avenue.
On Jan. 17, a crook cut a hole in the roof of the bagel store, which is at 64th Street, and left with $14,000 in goods and cash.
Four days later, a grocery store at the corner of 72nd Street was the victim of a similar crime involving a similar mode of entry.
In that case, cops don’t know how much cash was stolen. The store is still adding it all up.
A married couple returned to their West Seventh Street apartment to find themselves locked out on Jan. 19 — but it wasn’t because they forgot their keys.
A thief had broken into the apartment, which is between Avenue P and Avenue O, and locked the security chain on the front door, police said.
Eventually, the wife entered through the side window and discovered $2,000 was missing from the ransacked home.
A thief broke into a 14th Avenue home and stole $28,000 sometime after 7 am on Jan. 16, cops said.
A convenience store owner was held at gunpoint and robbed of $1,300 at 3 am on Jan. 21.
Police say a thug wearing a black mask entered the store, on Bay Parkway at West Seventh Street, and threw a black plastic bag on the counter.
“I need the money, I’m sorry,” he said several times. But when the owner refused, the main pulled his gun from his waist and said, “I’m not joking.” The victim complied and put the money in the plastic bag.
Looking good can cost a lot.
Three customers of a Bay Parkway nail salon learned that on Jan. 19 after crooks entered at around 10 pm, waved guns, and forced the women into a small room in the rear of the store.
In all, the thieves got away with $3,000 from the women and the store, which is at 70th Street.
An elderly woman was mugged while entering her apartment on Avenue P on Jan. 18.
The 83-year-old woman was rushed from behind at around 9 pm as she attempting to open the door to her home, which is near West Third Street. The thief covered her mouth with his hand, and then threw her to the floor.
He swiped her purse, which held $656, police said.