Barb and cue at a Smith Street pub

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A pool table battle turned violent at a Smith Street bar on Feb. 10, leaving one man with a bruised noggin and landing anther in jail, police said.

The 28-year-old victim said he and a 35-year-old female friend were shooting billiards at the tavern, near Dean Street. It’s not clear what sparked the dispute around 11:30, but eventually another man struck the victim on the back of the head with a pool cue.

When the victim identified his attacker, 84th Precinct police officer Kevin Schropfer arrested the 36-year-old on assault charges.

Heights home invasion

An 82-year-old woman was robbed by a thug who hid inside her Monroe Place building and awaited her return on Feb. 10, police said.

When the elderly victim came home, around 4:45 pm, the man lurking in the vestibule rushed her, snatched her bag and ran off. She was unable to get a good look at the thief.

The purse held credit cards, unused checks and a Social Security card.

Girls gone wild

A shoplifting spree turned very very violent when two teens tried to shoplift items from an Atlantic Terminal Mall department store on Feb. 11.

When a security guard stopped the 18- and 19-year-old girls at 5 pm, they attacked.

When the dust settled, the girls were in cuffs and the security guards were nursing minor cuts.

Cell swipes

A teenager stole the cellphone of a younger boy outside a branch library on Cadman Plaza West on Feb. 1, cops said.

The 13-year-old victim was walking past the branch, near Clark Street, shortly before 6 pm when he was robbed. The teenager grabbed the cellphone from his hip and bolted across the street.

Meanwhile, two cellphone heists were reported in the 88th Precinct.

A thief stole the cellphone out of a teenager’s hand on Washington Avenue on Feb. 11. The teen was using his 45-year-old mom’s phone at around 1:30 pm when the bandit struck.

And on Feb. 6, a cellphone belonging to 15-year-old boy was stolen by two other lads who attacked him at the corner of Lafayette and Clinton avenues, cops said.

One of the perps threw a punch at the teen, but did not connect. But that didn’t stop the bullies from getting away with the phone in the 3 pm heist.

Snooze & lose

A midday snooze on Feb. 11 ended with a rude awakening when a 38-year-old man looked out his window to see an empty spot on Waverly Avenue where his car had been.

The sleepy victim awoke just before noon to find his 2004 green Jeep Liberty had been stolen from its parking space between Dekalb and Lafayette avenues.

The car was valued at $3,000, the victim told cops.

The music died

A ski-mask-wearing thug ripped the MP3 player out of a teenager’s hand as she walked along Dekalb Avenue on Feb. 9.

The 16-year-old victim was near the corner of Washington Avenue at around 4 pm when the bandit rushed over and grabbed the Microsoft Zune.

Purse grab

A pair of thugs shoved and robbed a woman as she approached her Bergen Street home on Feb. 8, police said.

The 25-year-old victim was nearing her house, between Hoyt and Bond streets, around 7:30 pm, when the robbers attacked. They rushed her from behind, pushed her to the pavement, grabbed her bag and ran off before she could see them well. The purse held her driver’s license, credit cards and a cellphone.

Teen targeted

A man pretending to be friendly robbed a 13-year-old boy on the corner of Atlantic and Third avenues, on Feb. 7, police said.

The stranger walked up behind the youngster around 8:40 am and placed one hand on his shoulder.

“Do you have any money? Give me your money, or I’m going to have to stab you,” the thief insisted.

The victim didn’t see a knife, but he turned over his cellphone and $2.

TV taken

Talk about stealing the show.

Thieves managed to swipe a television set from a State Street residence on Feb. 11, while the 73-year-old owner was upstairs, police said.

The burglars kicked in the door at the home, near Hoyt Street, just after 4 pm. They snatched up the $1,000 Toshiba set and dashed back onto the street before the victim realized what had happened.

Copy shop hit

In some ways, the victim was lucky. A thief who stole a woman’s purse at a Court Street copy shop on Feb. 8 was unable to use her credit cards to make illegal purchases, despite repeated attempts, police said.

The 43-year-old State Street resident also lost her health insurance card and a Social Security card in the 6 pm theft at the photocopy franchise near Montague Street.

DUMBO burg

Thieves took everything except the kitchen sink — literally.

Someone swiped nearly $8,000 worth of kitchen appliances from a Water Street office last week, police said.

The burglars broke into the site, near Adams Street, some time between midnight on Feb. 2 and 9 am on Feb. 8.

Atlantic armed

A man lost his wallet and a $700 diamond earring to a thief with a knife who robbed him on Jan. 30, police said.

The thug rushed the 25-year-old victim around 11:30 pm, as the man made his way along Atlantic Avenue, near Henry Street, pulled out a black gravity knife and insisted, “Run your s—t.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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