Van plumbed

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A plumber who was doing a job inside a Classon Avenue building on Nov. 20 came out to discover that someone had done a job on his van at the same time.

The 44-year-old worker parked his company’s Ford Econoline outside the building, near Myrtle Avenue, around 4 pm. He came back to the vehicle two hours later and was shocked to discover that a pipe-threading machine, worth $3,000, had been stolen from the back of the van.

TV thief

A perp who knew a thing or two about getting in through locked doors broke into a woman’s Carlton Avenue apartment and took her television.

The woman, who lives in a building near Atlantic Avenue, was gone for a couple days, leaving at 3 pm on Nov. 20, and returning home the night of Nov. 22. She immediately noticed that a hole had been drilled through the lock on her door, and a crook had broken in and made off with her 16-inch Zenith, giving her a lot more time to read.

Delivery disaster

Every deliveryboy’s worst nightmare came true for a 16-year-old pizza transporter on Nov. 21, as he ran into a group of customers that decided that they would rather not pay for their pies.

The teen arrived at the address given to him, on Monument Walk near Park Avenue, around midnight. Four men approached him, but instead of thanking him, they grabbed him and took the three pizzas, along with $40 and his cellphone.


A perp trying to break into a Willoughby Avenue coffee shop on Nov. 23 set off the alarm and fled — apparently without taking anything.

Police quickly arrived at the café, near Adelphi Street, at around 11 pm and found the door slightly opened and damaged. They searched the interior and canvassed the area, but found nothing else unusual. When the owner arrived a half-hour later, he informed the officers that nothing had been taken.

Short but mean

A diminutive thug assaulted and robbed a woman walking home on Nov. 24.

The 23-year-old victim had noticed that the man, who is 5-foot-2 and 150 pounds, was following her at around 8:30 pm. A few minutes later, as she reached the corner of Greene and Clinton avenues, the Napoleon-esque hood grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground, demanding, “Give me your cellphone, money, and wallet.”

The young lady handed over all she had — a cellphone and $16 — and the little crook ran off down Greene Avenue.


A woman shopping at a Flatbush Avenue chain department store was a target on Nov. 24, as a pickpocket took both her designer wallet and the $600 inside it.

The 52-year-old shopper was browsing through the women’s section at the store, near Atlantic Avenue, when another woman bumped into her. The victim didn’t think anything of the incidental contact, until a few minutes later, when she checked her pockets to find her wallet had been taken.

Runaway rental

A man in the never-smooth process of moving ran into a difficulty on Nov. 24, when he arrived home to his Flushing Avenue residence around 3:30 pm and saw a man breaking into his rented moving van, which was parked out front of the building, which is near Ryerson Street.

The perp was using a tool to open the passenger door, and as the 43-year-old renter ran, he popped the door, jumped in, and drove off.

The good news — for the man, not the rental company — was that he hadn’t put any of his stuff in the van yet, so the only victim of the crime was the national rental company.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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