Sappho’s Catty Shack pathos

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Four men bashed in the back door of a popular Fourth Avenue lesbian bar before it opened on Feb. 11 and walked away with thousands in cash and equipment.

Surveillance cameras at the bar, Catty Shack, which is near Carroll Street, show the four men entering and later leaving with a safe, a $2,000 flat-screen TV, a $1,000 pro-grade CD player and other equipment. The biggest hit was the safe, which held $5,000, the owner told cops.

There are no cameras inside the bar, so cops don’t have many leads. Since the robbery, however, the bar has installed “a number” of security devices, a manager said.

Gay Pride group taken for $5,120

A worker at a major lesbian-and-gay non-profit group stole more than $5,000 and tried to steal much more in a plot that unraveled on Feb. 8, police said.

The employee had withdrawn $5,120 from Brooklyn Pride, which is based at the Park Slope United Methodist Church on Sixth Avenue, and was trying to deposit a fraudulent $13,000 check, when the bank called police.

The non-profit organization, which runs Brooklyn’s annual “pride” parade, told police that the employee used the money to pay his own bills. Police said they know his identity and his address but have not reeled him in.

“We can’t wait for him to be caught,” said the group’s executive director Fran Rolan. “He has jeopardized us to the full extent.”

Lock and lost

It was a busy week at a Flatbush Avenue chain drugstore, with the shoplifting of nearly $1,700 in allergy medicine and the theft of an employee’s wallet five days later.

In the first crime, cops say a man entered the store at around 2 pm on Feb. 5 and stuffed a white shopping bag with 100 boxes of “non-drowsy Claritin,” worth close to $1,700.

Police are now reviewing the videotape of the crime.

Five days later, an employee had her wallet stolen from the locker room. The 18-year-old victim told cops that she secured the wallet in her locker in the basement of the store, which is near Prospect Place.

She lost $50 and the wallet.

Poor man

Three thugs mugged a man as he climbed the steps of his Montgomery Place home on Feb. 7, threatening that they’d burn him if he didn’t hand over some cash.

The 37-year-old victim complied, giving $60 to his assailants, who then fled into Prospect Park, one block away.

The man told cops that one of the thugs brandished a lighter as his weapon.

Unholy crime

Two women who work in a Seventh Avenue church had their wallets stolen on Feb. 6, losing cash, credit cards and jewelry, cops said.

Both women were at work in the church, which is between Sterling and St. Johns places, at 2:45 pm when one realized that her wallet, containing $53, was missing. At that time, a co-worker noticed that she, too, had been robbed.

That’s when both women remembered seeing a man walking in the basement hallway, though neither could give a good description to the police.

Identity theft

A woman had more than $2,000 stolen from her bank account — and she told cops had no idea how it happened.

Cops said that the crime was a classic identity theft. The 29-year-old woman, who lives on 10th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, never reported any missing credit cards or other personal information, yet thieves withdrew the money from a Manhattan bank branch on Jan. 20 and 21.

She reported the crime at the 78th Precinct on Feb. 5.

Tools shed

A construction business inside a Sixth Street building lost a few tools to burglars who broke in on Feb. 3, cops said.

The perps broke in on a Saturday at 5 pm, when the design firm, which is at Fifth Avenue, was closed, smashing through the basement door window and cutting two locks.

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.

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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