She spilled a drink, so they stole bag

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A woman spilled a drink on the wrong person at a Fifth Avenue restaurant on Oct. 12 and ended up having her bag stolen by the angry and sopping wet spill victim.

The 33-year-old woman told cops that she was sitting in a restaurant on the block between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street at around 11:30 am when she accidentally spilled a drink on another customer.

When she bent down to clean up the mess, she left her bag on the floor beside her.

That was more than enough incentive for her dripping wet (and mad) fellow patron, who snatched the bag.

The woman returned home and suddenly remembered her missing bag. When she called her cellphone, she was told, “We have your bag, but we’re not giving it back” because of the spill.

She cancelled her credit cards.

Wheel bad

At least two cars (both Hyundais) were stolen — and one more broken into — off Park Slope streets last week. Here’s a roundup:

• A woman who parked her 2002 Hyundai Elantra on 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at around 11 am on Oct. 10 returned 11 hours later to find the car gone.

• A man who parked his slightly fancier 2003 Hyundai Sonata on 10th Street between Third and Fourth avenues at around 8 am on Oct. 12 returned only four hours later to find it missing.

• A bus driver who parked her vehicle on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 13th Street for just a moment at around noon on Oct. 9 told cops that someone had entered the bus and stolen her purse, which contained an iPod, $400 and a credit card.

The card was quickly used for $1,500 in purchases, she told police.

Watch your bag!

Attention all Police Blotter readers! Almost every week, we have an item about someone having her bag stolen from under a table or chair at a bar or restaurant. This week, we have three!

• A woman who slipped out of the popular Fifth Avenue caffeine joint, Gorilla Coffee, on Oct. 9 returned to find that her purse was missing from under a table.

The 21-year-old — a Canadian citizen who lives on Bergen Street — told cops the theft occurred at 8 pm, when she left the shop for “three minutes.” The bag contained $250 and various cards.

• An upstate man having a drink, possibly one of the famous Margaritas, at Lobo on Fifth Avenue left the bar at around 1 am on Oct. 8 to discover that his cellphone had been taken from his jacket pocket.

The 23-year-old Tarrytown man told cops that by the time he called his cellphone service provider, the phone had been used repeatedly.

Cops advise victims of this type of crime to not deactivate the cellphone service, allowing cops to better track the thief.

• A senior citizen who put her bag on a table inside a legendary men’s club at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Lincoln Place at around 11:45 on Oct. 13 told cops that when she returned to the bag an hour later, it was gone.

The bag contained $400 and various credit cards.

Burgs in the burg

At least two apartments were broken into last week, including:

• On Oct. 12, a thief broke into a Berkeley Place apartment at around 4:30 pm and was almost caught by the housekeeper.

The cleaning woman told cops that she heard noises when the thief broke in, but by the time she figured out what was going on, all she saw was the thief jumping into a black two-door sedan and speeding away from the building, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

The perp got away with a laptop, a VCR, a TV, $1,250, and a safe filled with $11,000 in jewelry.

• An apartment on 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues was broken into on Oct. 9 at around 7:30 am, but the thieves didn’t take anything, cops said.

On his case

A man was robbed of thousands of dollars in jewelry and cash by a gunman who followed him on Oct. 9.

Cops say the victim had been sitting in the back of a car parked on Fifth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets at around 5 am when the gunman came over to the window, showed off a large place firearm, and said, “Give it up.”

The victim handed over a gold bracelet and chain, plus $140 and a cellphone, but then got out of the car to confront his thief.

That didn’t sit well with the gunman, who shoved the man to the ground and brandished the pistol before getting into a silver Nissan and speeding away.

Food fiends

A deliveryman for the popular Fifth Avenue restaurant Bogota was mugged for his bag of food and his bike on Oct. 8.

Cops say the two perps followed the man from the restaurant, which is at St. Johns Place, and then pounced when he was on a quiet block of President Street between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at around 9 pm.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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