He’s her designated thief

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Everyone knows you shouldn’t drink and drive, but no one talks about the dangers of drinking and handing off your keys.

An inebriated 49-year-old woman did just that after she called a car service to help get her home, then handed her keys to an opportunistic perp who then drove away with her car on Oct. 6, according to police.

The woman told cops that she was waiting outside of a Fort Hamilton Parkway bar, near 88th Street, at around 9 pm when she decided to designate a driver by calling a car service.

But before the driver showed up, she inexplicably handed her keys to a stranger, who then drove off in her 98 Dodge Shadow.

The woman couldn’t give a description of the thief.

Fitness thief

Here it is, folks: Your weekly reminder to be extra careful to secure your stuff when you work out at area gyms.

In the latest incident in what has become a staple of this page, a woman’s handbag was stolen while she was working out at a Fourth Avenue fitness club on Oct. 3, cops said.

The crime was discovered after the 44-year-old woman had completed her exercise at 8:45 pm and returned to her locker. Her handbag, which contained $830, and a silver watch, valued at $200, were missing.

Cops are reviewing video footage of the incident.

Senior swiper

A 75-year-old woman says someone broke into her apartment and stole her jewelry on Oct. 5.

The victim told cops that she left her 63rd Street apartment, which is near Fifth Avenue, to go to a nearby senor center at 9:20 am, but when she returned about three hours later, she discovered that her front door was open and her jewelry collection was gone.

The value of the collection, which included gold earrings, was not given by police.

Beauty bandit

A Third Avenue beauty spa was robbed overnight on Oct. 4.

An employee told cops that she locked the store, which is near 80th Street, but didn’t close the metal gate. She returned the next morning to discover the front door open and the store looted.

The beauty bandit had made off with a credit card machine, nail dryers and $740 in make-up supplies.

Pizza party

An 18th Avenue pizzeria was robbed overnight by perps who came through a second-floor apartment on Oct. 7.

The pizzeria, which is near 65th Street, was broken into at around 11:30 pm. The perps busted through a second-floor door, and removed $2,000 from the cash register, police said.

Car break-in

A woman had her 2008 black Lincoln Navigator broken into and robbed while it was parked in a Shore Parkway public parking lot on Oct. 7.

The victim left the truck in the lot, which is near Bay Parkway, at around 10:30 am. Sometime thereafter, thugs broke in and swiped $1,080, along with credit cards, and some jewelry, police said.

The owner told police that she might have forgotten to lock the doors.


A man lost $1,600 in a break-in at his Bay 38th Street apartment on Oct. 5.

The 44-year-old returned to his apartment, which is near 86th Street, at around 5 pm and found that the perp had opened a bedroom window and broken through the screen.

The $1,600, plus jewelry, was missing, police said.


A man was attacked and robbed by three thugs as he walked on 18th Avenue on Oct. 3.

The 23-year-old victim was near 79th Street, at around 1:30 am, when the first perp rushed him from behind and knocked him to the ground. That’s when the others punched and choked him, rifling his pockets as he lay on the ground.

They took $100, plus credit and debit cards, police said, leaving the victim with a black eye to show for it.

Shopping follies

Two shoppers had their purses stolen after forgetting them on the store counters last week.

The first swipe was on Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm inside a grocery store on 84th Street near 20th Avenue. The 52-year-old victim left her purse on the counter, allowing perps to run off with $30 and credit and debit cards, police said.

The second swipe was on Oct. 7, at 5:30 pm, at an 86th Street shoe store. The 22-year-old was paying for her shoes, and as she looked away to check her goods, her pocketbook was swiped within seconds.

The thief took her credit and debit cards, along with her cellphone, police said.

Drive through

A man was beaten and robbed while waiting at a red light on Oct. 1 by perps who were walking on 16th Avenue.

The 19-year-old was waiting at the light, which is near 67th Street, at around 1:40 am.

The first perp entered his car through the passenger side, and proceeded to punch him in the face and body.

The second perp walked over and punched him through the driver’s-side window, while the third entered through the back seat and chained him to the seat.

The trio continued to punch him, while the first perp searched his pockets.

In the end, they swiped $60, along with his cellphone and credit cards, police said.

Plumbing punks

Two imposters posing as plumbers ended up filling their pockets with jewelry on Oct. 1.

The fakers entered the 91-year-old woman’s 70th Street home, which is near 20th Avenue, at around 1:50 pm and told her that they needed to run all the faucets to fix the problem. One of them stayed behind and distracted the woman, while the other searched the home.

The duo ended up swiping the victim’s jewelry before fleeing — the faucets still running, police said.

Toys ’R’ rob

A woman had her wallet stolen as she was shopping at a Bay Parkway toy store on Oct. 5.

The 51-year-old was at the store, which is near Cropsey Avenue, at around 7:20 pm, when thugs swiped her wallet without her even knowing it.

She finally noticed the crime when she went to pay for her merchandise and discovered that her cash and credit and debit cards were gone, police said.

The perps managed to charge more than $1,000 on her cards within the same store.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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