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Two perps mugged a man at gunpoint on Seventh Avenue in daylight on Dec. 13, stealing $1,000, cops said.

The victim told police that he was between Seventh and Eighth streets at around 1:40 pm when the two perps approached. One showed off a gun and said, “Don’t move. Give me the money.”

That was enough to convince the 52-year-old Long Island man to hand over the cash.

Police are looking for two 20-year-old black men, both 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds.

Armed rob

A woman walking home on Dec. 16 was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight on Eighth Street, police said.

The 27-year-old victim told cops that she was almost at her door, at Third Avenue, when a man jumped out, pointed a silver pistol at her head and said, “Give it to me.”

The victim complied, handing over a purse that contained $152, various cards and a cellphone.

The perp fled towards Fourth Avenue after the 1 pm crime.

Teen robbed

Two thugs — one of whom seemed to be armed with more than a finger — mugged an 18-year-old for his iPod on Eighth Street on Dec. 16 — but both were later arrested, police said.

Cops say that the teenager was walking on the block between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 6:30 pm when two fellow teens approached.

One perp simulated having a gun in his pocket and said, “What do you got? I got a gun.” He then took the teen’s iPod, and both thugs fled towards Prospect Park.

Just 15 minutes later, police caught up with the two hooligans, one age 15, the other 16, and arrested them for robbery. The gun turned out to be a fake, but it still earned both perps a charge of fourth degree weapons possession.

Moving violation

A quick-thinking thief stole some fancy photographic equipment from a man who was moving boxes into a 12th Street home on Dec. 15, cops said.

The victim, who actually lives in New Jersey, told cops that he was moving the equipment at around 4 pm. He turned his back on a box that he had left in the front yard, and when he returned, it was gone from the scene, which is between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The man told police that he lost $2,050 in equipment, including a $1,500 tripod.

Data smog

Two computers were stolen out of a Lincoln Place apartment on Dec. 12 while the residents were at work, police said.

The victim told police that she had left the apartment, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, at around 8 am and did not return until 5:45 that night. In the interim, someone broke in through a back window and left with a Macintosh and a Dell laptop, a digital camera, a Coach purse, a flat-screen monitor and various credit cards.

A construction worker one floor below told cops that he saw the perp — a 25-year-old, 6-foot, 160-pound black man — leaving the building at around 3:15 pm.

Two more computers — again a Mac and a PC — were stolen from a Fifth Avenue apartment on Dec. 11, cops said.

The victim told police that she was not in the apartment, which is between Dean and Bergen streets, between noon and 6 pm. When she got back, she found the front door open and the two computers missing from the apartment, which is shared by three women.

Eighth mug

Two perps demanded a woman’s cash, but settled for her handbag in a mugging late at night on Dec. 10.

The 29-year-old woman told police that the two men approached her as she reached the corner of President Street and Eighth Avenue at around 11:15 pm.

“Give me your money,” one of the thugs said. When the woman said, “I don’t have any money,” the thug changed the demand: “Give me your bag.”

She turned over the purse, which contained various cards, a cellphone, but no money. The perps fled before she could get a good look at them.

Evil tresses

A woman who entered a 12th Street hair salon saying she was selling hair care merchandise didn’t make a sale, but walked out with one of the employees’ handbags, cops said.

The owner of the salon, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, told police that a woman identifying herself as “Veronica Cintron” entered at around 6:30 pm and said she had products to sell.

The owner turned her head away for a minute, but when she turned back, “Veronica” was gone — and the owner’s handbag was missing, too.

The bag had contained various credit cards and $300.

Eatery bitten

One of our editor’s favorite Seventh Avenue restaurants was broken into after it closed on Dec. 9 and an unknown quantity of cash was stolen.

The owner of the Italian wine-bar-style restaurant, which is at the corner of Third Street, told cops that the joint was secure when he left for the night. But when he returned the next morning, he discovered that a perp had entered through a back door and broken open the cash cabinet.

Van taken

Five gun-toting youngsters — ranging in age from 16 to 21 — robbed a Fourth Avenue dry-cleaning shop’s delivery van on Dec. 14 — but were later arrested in neighboring Kensington during their joyride.

The delivery man had parked the 2005 Honda van in front of the cleaners, which is at 14th Street, at around 10:30 pm. He left the van unlocked, which allowed the thieves, four men and the 16-year-old girl, to take off with their ill-gotten wheels.

But the joyride ended a few hours later, when officers in the neighboring 66th Precinct pulled over the car near the corner of McDonald Avenue and Albermarle Road. Further investigation yielded a loaded Smith and Wesson pistol — and all five occupants were charged with weapons possession.

Wheely bad

It was a crazy week for car thefts and auto break-ins in Park Slope. According to police records, four additional cars were stolen and at least three were broken into last week. Here’s a roundup:

• A man who parked his 1993 Plymouth Voyager on Douglass Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues on Dec. 13 gave the keys to an auto repair shop. When the mechanic went to move the car at around 6:30 pm, he noticed that it was gone. The car contained $400 in Harry Potter tapes, the victim told cops.

• A 1994 Chevy Sport was stolen from a spot on Third Avenue between First and Third streets sometime between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11.

• A 1998 Plymouth Voyager (what is it with Plymouth Voyagers this week?) was stolen from its spot on Sixth Avenue between Union and President streets sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 12.

• A 2000 Honda Civic that had been parked on 14th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues on Dec. 10 was gone the next day when the owner went to retrieve it.

In break-ins:

• The airbag, seat headrest, in-dash radio and back door panel were stolen out of a Staten Island man’s 2005 Jeep that he had parked on President Street at around 9:30 pm on Dec. 11. He returned the next morning to the car, which had been parked between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and discovered the damage.

• A Boston woman’s laptop was stolen out of her Honda, which she had parked on DeGraw Street at around 1 am on Dec. 15. Later that morning, she returned to the car, which had been between Third and Fourth avenues, and found that her laptop had been swiped.

• Another laptop was stolen from a New Jersey man’s car, which he had parked on Prospect Park West on Dec. 15. The man left the car between First and Second streets at around 9:45 am.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

stringbean from manhattan says:
as far as pedestrian robberies, lot of times if i see 2 people (usually guys) on the sidewalk walking toward or near me, i'll cross the street or go into s store until they pass. especially if i see that i'll end up alone on a walkway with them or perhaps encircled by them. i try to avoid groups of teens who may be loud, pushing and/or egging each other on. while i can't always see behind myself or see who's hiding where, i am aware who's walking in front of me, toward me and in my general periphery. and if my gut feeling tells me to avoid anyone; i heed. happy new year!
Jan. 2, 2008, 4:02 pm

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