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Two more elderly people were robbed after they let in imposters who claimed they were there to check the water.

The first swipe was on Oct. 10, at an apartment on 85th Street. The perp approached the 82-year-old man at around noon, as he was entering the building, which is near 20th Avenue, and told him he was there to fix his pipes, water and radiator.

The victim let him in, allowing him to sneak into a master bedroom. There, he stole $500, and fled, police said.

The second incident was a day later, at a home on 15th Avenue near Independence Avenue. The two thugs rang the bell at around 8:30 am and were allowed inside. One man ran the faucets while the other swiped $600 from a nightstand in the 84-year-old man’s bedroom.

Cops are checking to see if the two incidents are related. But there seems to be a mini-wave of such crimes. Two weeks ago, The Brooklyn Paper reported that a 66th Street man was scammed in the same basic way on Sept. 25.

Subway sleep

Sleeping on the subway is never a good idea, especially when it’s 3 am. A woman learned this lesson the hard way after she had her purse stolen during a nap on a Brooklyn-bound M train on Oct. 14.

The 28-year-old awoke at the 86th Street stop, which is near 25th Avenue, and realized that a thug had managed to slip out the handbag without disturbing her. He ran off with her credit and debit cards, along with her cellphone, police said.

She cancelled her credit cards after the thief attempted to use them.

Sicklen swipe

An elderly woman had her purse stolen as she was walking on Van Sicklen Street on Oct. 14.

The 74-year-old was near Avenue T, at around 10 am, when the perp rushed her from behind. He swiped her pocketbook — which contained $38 — and fled towards Avenue S.

Night mug

A teenager was grabbed and robbed as he was walking on 80th Street on Oct. 14.

The 19-year-old was near 18th Avenue at around 10:30 pm when the perp rushed him from behind. He put him in a chokehold, rifled through his pockets, hit him on the head, and knocked him to the ground.

The perp fled with $500. The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Hungry thieves

A 20th Avenue grocery store owner was robbed at gunpoint by two thugs as he was closing up on Oct. 12.

The thugs entered the bodega, which is near 70th Street, at around 11:20 pm, and demanded food. Once the 40-year-old owner told them that he was closed, they pulled out their black pistols and pulled down the security gates. They forced the owner to cough up the cash from the register, along with security surveillance tape, and fled the store, leaving the owner locked in a back refrigerator.

The duo ran off with $2,200 and the victim’s cellphone, police said.

Stair stick-up

A man was beaten and robbed as he was walking up a stairwell in his 68th Street building on Oct. 12.

The criminals followed the 30-year-old victim into the building, which is near 20th Avenue, at around 9:30 pm. The first perp rushed him from behind, placing him in a chokehold, while the other stole his wallet from his pants pocket.

To add injury to insult, they punched the victim in the head and stomach, leaving him in the stairwell.

The thugs got $100, including the man’s credit and debit cards, police said, before fleeing on 20th Avenue, towards 69th Street.

Ayem break-in

A man’s 65th Street apartment was broken into and robbed of $5,000 on Oct. 11.

The victim returned to his apartment, which is near 23rd Avenue, at around 9 am and discovered that thieves had picked the front door lock.

Once inside, he realized that the $5,000, plus with some electronics and clothes, had been swiped.

Beery beat

A heated discussion between roommates — coupled with too many drinks — set into motion a chain of events that ended with one man getting slashed with a broken beer bottle on Oct. 14.

The argument turned into violence at the 69th Street apartment at around 2:30 am after a 22-year old man broke off the top of one of the numerous empty beer bottles and slashed his 18-year-old roommate twice on the chest and once below the left ear, according to police.

Cops said the bottle-happy perp took off on foot from the apartment, which is near 13th Avenue, shortly after the fight. The victim’s injuries were not thought to be serious.

Neck stabbing

A man was stabbed in the neck after an argument with a friend at a 94th Street apartment on Oct. 14.

The 27-year-old victim was having a heated discussion with his 50-year-old friend inside the apartment, which is near Fifth Avenue, at around 9 pm when things quickly escalated into violence as the older man suddenly stabbed the victim in the neck with a three-inch blade.

The assault caused a one-inch wide gash, cops said.

The victim was treated at the scene.

Car stolen

A 50-year-old man who parked his 11-year-old Nissan 65th Street on Oct. 12 returned the next morning to find it stolen, police said

There was no broken glass found at the scene, which is between 10th and 11th avenues, and no value was given for the car.

Appetite for evil

A man walked into a 77th Street tavern on Oct. 8 and went on a rampage that caused $13,000 in damage, cops said.

An employee told police that the man started smashing mirrors, damaging countertops and destroying the bathroom in the 1 am spree at the bar, which is near 13th Avenue.

Employees told police that they had no idea what set the man off.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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