Hero bruised in botched robbery

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A woman and her boyfriend were beaten and robbed by three men while walking home early on Oct. 6 — but the robbery was foiled when the boyfriend chased down one of the thugs, who was later arrested.

The suspects sneaked up on the pair at 3:20 am near the corner of Berry and First streets. They shouted insults before one of the perps pummeled the 27-year-old woman and ran off with her $2,000 Christian Dior purse and her Treo smartphone.

Meanwhile, the two other suspects were beating up her 33-year-old boyfriend, who was still able to run down the other robber and snatch back his girlfriend’s stuff.

Police later arrested a 26-year-old suspect in the botched robbery.

Toy gun rob

A livery cab driver who picked up a fare in Queens got robbed by a man toting a toy gun under the Williamsburg Bridge in the early hours of Oct. 7, cops said.

The 51-year-old cabbie told cops that he picked up a man at Elmhurst Hospital and was told to proceed to Chinatown in Manhattan.

But when the cab got to the corner of Roebling Street and Broadway at around 1:30 am, the suspect brandished a silver handgun and took $55 from the driver, whom he told to pull over and get out of the car.

The victim complied — but he and the suspect briefly scuffled over the “gun” before the perp gave up and started running north on Clinton Street. He left the “gun,” a blue jacket and a Sprite bottle behind.

Home invasion

A Wallabout Street man woke up to find a burglar in the middle of his apartment on Oct. 7.

The 43-year-old man, whose building is between Lee and Marcy avenues, was awoken at 6:15 am by the perp — but it was too late to stop the crime.

By the time the victim yelled out, “What are you doing?” the perp was already on his way out the back door with $2,000.

Likes laptops

A burglar busted into a South 11th Street apartment and helped himself to a stash of electronics on Oct. 5.

The 22-year-old victim said the robbery must have occurred between 7:30 and 10 am, when she returned to the building, which is between Wythe and Berry avenues.

Missing were her laptop and iPod, and her roommate’s laptop and iPod. There were no signs of forced entry, cops said.

Bike snatch

A bike-riding thief snatched a woman’s cellphone right out of her hand on Oct. 7 at the southeast corner of Metropolitan and Marcy avenues.

The 27-year-old victim told police she was walking down Marcy at 10:15 pm when the suspect rode up beside her, grabbed her Verizon cellphone and rode off.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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