A midnight mugging on Montague Street

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A teen was ambushed while walking home on Clinton Street near the corner of Montague Street around midnight on Oct. 27.

The 17-year-old was grabbed from behind and pushed against a wall. When he glanced back, he saw three assailants — one a hulking 5-foot-10, 250-pound man.

They ordered him not to move, not that he had much of a choice. The bandits went through his pockets, making off with an iPod, a cellphone, and $60.

DUMBO heists

An oft-targeted Washington Street building was robbed during the weekend of Oct. 19, and two offices were victimized — one for $32,000 in cash.

The latest in a string of break-ins was discovered during the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 22, when employees got back to the daily grind to find that a criminal had been doing some work of his own — both offices’ doors were bent open and the perps had had a good weekend.

One of the victims had the aforementioned wad of cash stolen. The other business said that it would check its inventory to see what was missing.

More cars gone

At least two cars were broken into last week in Brooklyn Heights and Fulton Ferry, and at least two more were stolen.

The first incident occurred when a man left his 1993 Ford Escort on the corner of Joralemon Street and Garden Place for two days. He parked it there on Oct. 21 at 11 pm and came back around 7 pm on Oct. 23 to discover that his car had disappeared. The man also lost a Palm Pilot that was in his glove compartment, and $1,100 worth of designer clothes in the boot.

Only a block away, at the corner of Joralemon and Henry streets, a man’s 2007 Nissan X-Terra was stolen. He left it there at 6 am on Oct. 23, but when he came back around 11 pm, it had been driven away.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old man reported his $15,000 Chevy Impala stolen on Oct. 27. It was parked near the corner of Old Fulton and Furman streets at around 6 pm; when he got back four hours later, a window had been broken and his car had been cleaned out. Among the items taken were a flute worth $9,000, a laptop, two iPods, $1,000, and a camera.

Another man’s laptop was stolen from his car when he stopped to make a delivery on Oct. 22. The deliveryman locked his doors but his passenger window was open when he stopped at the corner of Livingston and Court streets around 2 pm. An opportunistic perp grabbed the computer from the seat during the 15 minutes the man was gone.

Bad light

Three thugs invaded a woman’s car while she waited for the light to change, threatening her with a knife and stealing her credit cards at 2 pm on Oct. 22, although one of the perps didn’t get away.

The 25-year-old victim was stopped at the busy intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Fleet Street when the three men opened the door and got in, punching and kicking her. One of them drew a silver knife while the other two searched the car for valuables.

They ran out of the car with numerous credit cards, and the woman immediately called the cops, who canvassed the area and arrested one man, but not the others, police said.

Gym gypped

A woman lost a lot more than calories — almost $2,000 — when she worked out at the gym around noon on Oct. 25.

The 34-year-old was using a machine at a gym near the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street when her cloth bag was taken from beside her.

While the bag itself was recovered in the gym trash, its contents were not. She lost $750, a Treo cellphone, a Louis Vuitton wallet, and a $250 gift card.

Yo! Ow!

A man was punched in the face and robbed as he was exiting a subway station on Flatbush and DeKalb avenues early on Oct. 27.

The man had barely finished climbing the steps — no doubt tired since it was 2 am — when three men in their 20s surrounded him.

“Yo, take his money!” ordered one of the perps, before another of the thugs punched the victim in his face. They went through his pockets, took his wallet, and fled.

The silver lining? The only things in the man’s wallet were a credit card and $5.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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