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A Fulton Street outlet of a national sandwich chain renown for its “6 grams of fat or less” sandwiches was robbed at gunpoint by two men who weren’t exactly looking to eat healthy on Nov. 8.

The dastardly duo entered the restaurant, which is near Clinton Avenue, around 4 pm and didn’t waste any time. One of them pulled a gun on the lone employee behind the counter and shouted, “Where’s the safe?” while the other one, who also had a gun, stood look out at the door.

The first perp vaulted the counter — leaving a shoe print on the glass — and ordered the employee to the back of the store while he helped himself to $200 from the register.

They ran away down Fulton Street without any attempt on the safe, cops said.

Tool time

A Fulton Street hardware store owner defended his livelihood on Nov. 7, as he brawled with a would-be shoplifter before cops showed up to arrest the man.

The suspicious-looking customer came into the store, near Waverly Avenue, around noon. The small businessman observed the perp putting a drill in his hand and approached him. When the man picked up a piece of wood — perhaps to use as a weapon — the shopkeeper decided violence was the answer and hit the man over the head with a two-by-four.

This only made the man angry, however, and he pushed the wood-wielding owner out of the window and into the street. The perp had his opponent on the ground when the cops fortuitously showed up and took the assailant into custody.

Generation ex

A 53-year-old man was attacked by a gang of teens one-third his age on Nov. 9, but he got the last laugh when the police arrested the youthful offenders.

The man was minding his own business on the corner of Vanderbilt Street and Willoughby Avenue at around 8 pm when five teens came up to him and without warning, pushed him to the ground and hit him while he was down, injuring his arm and leg. The violent hooligans didn’t even appear to want his money, as they ran off without taking anything.

The almost-AARP victim called the police, who searched the area and arrested the youths, who were all 15 to 18 years old.

Torn twenty

A criminal couple attacked a teen on Nov. 8, but all they have to show for it is half of a $20 bill.

The 16-year-old boy was walking on Park Avenue around 4:30 pm when the perps, a man and a woman, began walking behind him. They approached him when he got to Cumberland Street, and the man asked the teen, “What you got?”

The pair proceeded to attack him, and although the victim told cops he was “beat up,” he managed to hold on to his possessions — they got a hold of a $20 bill, but only succeeded in ripping it in half.

They fled down Park Avenue without taking anything else.

Ganged up

A 17-year-old lost an unfair fight when a gang of six guys knocked him down and took his cellphone on Nov. 7.

The victim was walking down Greene Avenue around 3 pm and was near Cambridge Place when he noticed that six suspicious characters were tailing him. One of them hit him in the back of the head, knocking him down, and they held him while relieving him of his $300 Verizon phone. The roughed-up youth told cops that he recognized one of them, possibly from school.

Wine raid

A Lafayette Avenue Mediterranean restaurant’s wine collection was drastically reduced early in the morning of Nov. 6, as some grape-loving thieves made off with 100 bottles.

The last employee left the eatery, near Adelphi Street, at around 1 am. By 8 the next morning, the opening crew discovered that the side gate had been broken and some busy burglars had transported $1,720 worth of wine to parts unknown.

Also missing was an iPod and a Panasonic receiver.

Kid mugged

A 13-year-old walking home from school was robbed on Nov. 8 by two men who didn’t want to pick on anyone their own size.

The boy was walking on Navy Walk near Myrtle Avenue around 3:30 pm when two men — one 6-foot-4, one 5-foot-5 — came up from behind him. The bigger one put the kid in a headlock while his shorter sidekick wrenched the iPod Shuffle out of their victim’s hands.

They ran away and the boy’s father reported the crime when he came home. The victim said he had seen the pair in the area before.

Car break-ins

At least three cars were broken into and another was stolen in Fort Greene last week, as thieves made off with tuxedos, textbooks and credit cards.

The first incident occurred the night of Nov. 4. A 32-year-old parked his 2001 Dodge Cherokee on Vanderbilt Avenue near Greene Avenue around 8:30 pm. He came back at 10:30 the next morning to find that his rear window was broken and the five Calvin Klein tuxedos he had in the car — one for every weekday? — had vanished. The designer tuxes were worth a total of $3,125, cops said.

The next incidents occurred within hours of each other on Nov. 8. A 73-year-old man parked his car at the corner of Greene Avenue and Cambridge Place around 3:30 pm and returned a half hour later to discover his passenger door was ajar and his credit cards were missing. Fortunately, his credit card company called him to notify him of “suspicious activity” on his cards and he cancelled them before any charges were made.

That same day, a 70-year-old parked his 2005 Honda sedan on the corner of Hall Street and DeKalb Avenue around 11 am. By 8 pm, his window was broken and his car had been cleaned out — among the missing items were two briefcases, 25 DVDs, and a set of brand new textbooks. The items were worth $1,215, cops said.

The car that was stolen was a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant. Its owner parked it on Fleet Walk near Tillary Street around 8:30 am on Nov. 8 and left it there for a couple days. Upon returning to her parking spot at 3:30 pm on Nov. 11, the 48-year-old woman found that her car had disappeared.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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