Party pooper steals laptop

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It could have been Batman, the Tin Man, or even that guy dressed as a banana — but now cops are hunting for the costumed creep who stole a woman’s laptop computer during her Halloween party.

The woman, 25, invited pals (and, obviously, some non-pals) to her Seventh Avenue apartment for a pre-Halloween bash in the afternoon on Oct. 28.

But when the guests were gone, she discovered that her Apple Powerbook was gone from the apartment, which is between Garfield Place and First Street.

Good eyes

A man who watched a burglar break into a 14th Street apartment made enough of a ruckus to scare off the would-be thief on Oct. 29.

Cops said the 13th Street resident, looking out his back window at around 11:20 am, saw a man breaking into a back window of a fourth-floor apartment between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

All three residents of the apartment, women between the ages of 27 and 32, were at work at the time —├é┬ástriki­ngly similar to the last time such a thing happened, on July 9, they told cops.

Union haul

A man punched out a 34-year-old Manhattanite on Union Street in an early morning beating on Nov. 4.

The victim took himself to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan after the 1 am punch-out, whose motives were not given. After sleeping off his injuries, the man came to the 78th Precinct stationhouse 12 hours later to report the crime.

He told cops that his assailant was a black Hispanic man, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with short, close-cut hair.

Cool crime

A thief kicked in the basement door of a 12th Street house and stole a refrigerator on Oct. 31, cops said.

The owner of the home, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, told police that he left the house at around 5:30 pm. But when he returned the next day at around 6 pm, he discovered the broken door and the missing GE fridge, which was valued at $1,500.

Baby blues

A thief snatched a woman’s wallet while her back was turned to attend to her baby at a Fifth Avenue bodega on Nov. 1.

The 33-year-old victim told cops that she was in the store, which is between Carroll Street and Garfield Place, at around 5 pm. When the baby fussed, her attention was diverted long enough for the thief to grab her bag, which contained $65, a cellphone, various cards and her keys.

She told cops that the thief was a 5-foot-10, 170-pound Asian man.

Wheelin’ around

At least two cars were stolen — and two others almost stolen — in the neighborhood last week, cops said. The busiest day was Oct. 28 when three incidents occurred:

• A man who had parked his 1994 Dodge Caravan on Fourth Avenue between Butler and Douglass streets at around 5 pm returned to it early the next morning and found only an empty space where the van had been.

• A 69-year-old man who had parked his 1991 Plymouth on Seventh Avenue between 13th and 14th streets at around 4 pm returned three days later to find it missing. Again, there was no broken glass at the scene. Cops put the value of the car at $500.

• A man got into his 1985 Oldsmobile at around 6 pm and quickly discovered that a thug had tried to steal the car, which had been parked on 13th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

The lock and steering column on the car had been damaged, said the man, who lives on 16th Street.

And in a fourth incident, a Hicksville man’s 2006 Dodge was damaged by a would-be car thief on Oct. 31, cops said.

The man had left the car on 11th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues shortly after noon. An hour later, he discovered that the ignition had been damaged by a screwdriver, cops said.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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