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84th Precinct

A woman attending a banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn lost a $15,000 diamond ring and her gold wedding band after removing the jewelry to wash her hands before eating and then forgetting the items in the women’s room.

The victim washed her hands before the Feb. 11 banquet. When she realized she’d left her belongings behind, she retraced her steps, but the jewelry was gone, police said.

Kathleen Duffy, director of public affairs for the Marriott, said more than 2,000 people were in the ballroom for the Kosher event. When the victim alerted hotel officials, they made an announcement concerning the missing jewels and searched the area. Brooklyn employees reported the missing gems to Marriott’s corporate headquarters in Maryland.

“I don’t see this as any kind of pattern,” Duffy said. “I would say it’s unusual.”

Purse snip

A thief clipped the straps to a woman’s pocketbook and fled with the bag on Atlantic Avenue on Feb. 16, police said.

The 55-year-old victim, who lives nearby, was walking home, near Nevins Street, shortly before 6 pm, when she was attacked. The stranger sneaked up behind her, cut her bag free and disappeared before she could see his face. The purse held $34, various credit and charge card, a Food Stamps card, work ID and car keys.

Officer robbed

A Department of Corrections officer became a crime victim on Feb. 12 when someone stole her purse on Livingston Street, police said.

The 23-year-old victim was near Nevins Street, around 2 pm, when a stranger ran up from behind. He grabbed her bag and dashed down Nevins, toward Schermerhorn Street. Police searched the area, but didn’t find the thief, or the $50, Baby Phat-brand purse that held the victim’s Corrections shield, her city ID, driver’s license and makeup.

Holiday surprise

Love wasn’t in the air at a Court Street architecture firm on Valentine’s Day when someone swiped the pink oversized wallet off an employee’s desk.

The 31-year-old woman said she left the book-sized billfold on her desk, on the 12th floor of the building, near Joralemon Street, when she attended a meeting upstairs, around 12:30 pm on Feb. 14.

When she returned two hours later, the wallet was gone Also missing was various ID, her insurance information, a credit card — plus a paper with the verification number for her credit account — a check for $106.25 from a graphics company and a platinum Cross pen, valued at $180.

Bump ’n’ steal

A teenager lost her cellphone and wallet when a thief jostled her inside a Fulton Street drugstore on Feb. 15, police said.

The 19-year-old was inside the chain store, near Bridge Street, around 12:45 pm when someone bumped into her. That’s when her mobile and the wallet, with her high school ID and other documents, disappeared, cops believe.

76th Precinct

High times

Who know a few tokes would bring so much trouble?

That was the lesson learned by three Brooklyn men who were sharing some suspicious smokes around 10:30 pm on Feb. 17 near the corner of Hicks and Lorraine streets.

An officer saw the trio and searched the smokers, finding a charged-and-loaded stun gun and two baggies of marijuana.

Sucker punch

A trio of thugs followed a man from an ATM and robbed him on Hicks Street on Feb. 19, police said.

The 37-year-old victim was near Degraw Street when one of the thieves punched him in the arm. The other brutes riffled his pockets before the trio ran off. The victim was bruised, but refused help from the paramedics.

The stolen goods included $30 and several credit cards, and a JetBlue membership ID.

Bar snatch

An employee at a popular Smith Street bar lost a bag full of personal belongings to a thief who posed as a customer on Feb. 13, police said.

The 57-year-old victim put her purse on a chair while she was resetting a table, around 8:30 pm. That’s when a 60-year-old Spanish-speaking man walked into the bar, near Warren Street, and went to the bartender to place a food order. When the bartender returned, the place was empty, and the woman’s bag was gone.

TV taken

A burglar crawled into a Ninth Street residence and escaped with a TV, a radio and an unreported amount of jewelry, police said.

The 38-year-old resident said she left her home, near Smith Street, around 2 pm on Feb. 3. When she returned at 7:30 pm, on Feb. 11, her 13-inch TV, radio and bling were gone.

Police believe the burglars entered an unlocked window and left through the front door.

88th Precinct

Targets student

An armed male-female duo robbed a Pratt Institute student as she tried to enter the gated campus just before 3 am on Feb. 18, police said.

The 21-year-old was heading home to her dorm, off Willoughby Avenue, not far from Hall Street, when the stranger approached. When he asked if she had 50 cents to help him get home, she ignored him and pushed past. But then the stranger upped the ante: “She has a gun,” he said, pointing to his female partner. The woman removed a silver handgun from under her coat and the two robbers grabbed the victim’s bag and ran off.

The bag held a cellphone, various credit cards, a driver’s license, a set of keys and two certificates: one for bartending and another for lifesaving.

Armed rob

A teenager lost his cash — but kept his wallet — when robbed at gunpoint on Feb. 15, police said.

The 18-year-old victim was walking on Fulton Street, near Ashland Place, when a stranger came up to him and asked for $20, around 5 pm. The victim told the fellow he didn’t have any money, and kept walking. But the pest continued, insisting he turn over his wallet. Eventually, the robber pulled out a pistol to back up his words.

The thief grabbed the wallet, took out $150 and three credit cards, and ditched the wallet on the pavement as he dashed off down Fulton Street, towards Flatbush Avenue.

DeKalb mug

A man walking home on Feb. 12 was robbed by a thug near Ashland Place, police said.

The 25-year-old was on DeKalb Avenue around 2:30 am when a stranger came up from behind and grabbed him. “Don’t turn around. Give me your wallet,” the thief insisted.

The victim turned over his billfold and the robber ran off.

iPod heist

Despite his best efforts, a man lost his iPod to a pair of thieves who robbed him on Washington Avenue on Feb. 13, police said.

The 22-year-old victim was near Lafayette Avenue, around 2:30 pm, when someone reached into his pocket and tried to snatch the popular digital music player from his pocket. The victim shook off the thief and kept walking.

But that’s when another mugger rushed up and grabbed him from behind.

The victim struggled with the two thugs, but he was unable to prevent them from snatching the iPod.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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