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Two All Hallows Eve revelers had an ugly night, as they were jumped by a pair of perps who were handing out punches instead of candy.

The two victims, both guys in their early 20s, were walking on Greene Avenue near Washington Avenue around 11:30 pm when two men approached and asked for a light. They said they didn’t have one, and the perps apparently took offense to this and attacked.

The thugs struck their victims several times and stole one of the men’s wallet, which had $60 and credit cards inside.

The pair of partiers wasn’t permanently hurt, but the night was ruined.

Pipe dreams

A Clifton Place apartment building was broken into during the weekend of Oct. 26 by a crook who didn’t take any jewelry or electronics, but made off with 220 feet of copper pipe.

The building’s basement door was locked around 3 pm that Friday, and two days later a tenant noticed that the door had been pried open.

The landlord, who lives in the building — which is between Grand and Classon avenues — was notified, and when he inspected the basement, he discovered that the water meter had been stolen along with the pipes, which were valued at $800.

Backstabbed

A 17-year-old boy ended up in the hospital after an acquaintance used a knife instead of words to settle a dispute on Oct. 29.

The victim was walking along Atlantic Avenue near Grand Avenue with his girlfriend at around 3:30 pm when their stroll was interrupted by a 17-year-old girl with whom the guy had had a prior disagreement. The perp snuck up behind the pair and pulled out a knife, slashing the teen brutally across the back.

Cops arrived and found the knife girl a few blocks away. She was taken into custody while her victim was carted off to Brooklyn Hospital.

Snatch foiled

A 17-year-old hoodlum who tried to steal a portable video game didn’t run far or fast enough on Oct. 30.

The perp had been following his 15-year-old victim along Washington Avenue and was near Greene Avenue at around 6 pm when he decided to make his move, snatching the Nintendo system from the kid’s hands and punching him in the side of the head for good measure.

The youth was likely surprised by the sudden assault, as he had been playing his game while walking.

The kid reported the mugging, and a patrol car canvassed the area, arresting the grabby gamer not far from where the crime was committed, cops said.

Shoplifted

A man “targeted” a well-known department store one too many times and was arrested on Oct. 30.

The 35-year-old had successfully looted the store, located on Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, a few days earlier for $1,800 worth of electronics (including walking out with 12 cameras and two TVs).

But when he returned to the scene, an employee who had seen him during the earlier heist recognized him as he strolled into the store around 7 pm.

Not only was the man arrested, but cops discovered that he was wanted on several federal warrants.

At the turnstile

A woman’s routine subway trip turned nightmarish the night of Oct. 22, when a mugger took not only her purse but also two expensive rings.

The 37-year-old had just opened her wallet to take her Metrocard out and board the Q train at Atlantic Avenue when a man bumped her, pressed a gun-like object against her back and said, “Be nice. Pass me the wallet. Don’t look back. Take off those rings and give them to me.”

Afraid for her life, the woman did what he asked, and never caught a good look at her attacker. There was no money in her purse, only a change of clothes, but her engagement ring was worth $2,000 and her wedding ring was worth $500, cops said.

Blood work

In what looks like a gang-related incident, a man sliced a 16-year-old’s arm with a razor blade in broad daylight on Nov. 1.

The teen was walking home along Myrtle Avenue near Clinton Avenue around 3:30 when the perp — a hulking 6-foot-2 figure with dreadlocks and blotchy skin, cops said — approached him and asked, “Are you a Blood?” When the answer was no, the man pulled out a razor blade and cut the kid’s arm before running away on Myrtle.

The victim told cops he had seen the man hanging around the neighborhood before but did not know him.

Gadgets jacked

A St. James Place apartment was cleaned out on Nov. 3 by a crook who probably climbed up the fire escape.

The 42-year-old resident left his place at 4 pm and came back to the building, near Fulton Street, an hour and a half later. He immediately noticed his bedroom window, which is next to the fire escape, was open — never a good sign — and more importantly, his stuff was gone.

The burglar made off with two designer watches, a Dell laptop, a Playstation, and an iPod nano. Neighbors questioned by the cops said they hadn’t heard anything.

Car round up

Thefts involving cars in Fort Greene were down last week, but there were still at least three incidents.

In the first one, on Oct. 28, a 36-year-old woman had parked her car at the corner of Fulton Street and South Elliot Place around 3 am. She returned at 1 pm and was surprised to find her car — a 1996 Chevy Berreta — was gone.

At almost exactly the same time, a man’s tools were stolen from his Econoline van. He had parked it on Irving Place near Putnam Avenue at 8 am and returned around 1 pm to discover that his front window had been broken and $1,100 in tools had been taken.

In the last, and most-expensive, incident, a woman parked her silver 2006 Infiniti sedan at the corner of Willoughby Street and Fleet Place around 6:30 pm on Nov. 3. Just five hours later, the $30,000 luxury car had disappeared.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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