Three men tied up the employees of a Seventh Avenue video game store and then stole $10,000 and nearly 1,000 video games before fleeing before cops could get there.
The trio entered the store, on Seventh Avenue near Garfield Place, just before the 8 pm closing and displayed a black gun.
They pushed the three store employees into a back room and tied them up with duct tape before loading the cash and games into black plastic garbage bags.
They then jumped into a car and sped off up Seventh Avenue. Cops are looking for a 5-foot-8, black man and his two accomplices, who could not be described by the victims.
A woman had a fancy camera stolen while she partied at a friend’s Fifth Street house on Feb. 9.
The woman arrived at the party, in the penthouse apartment of the building, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, and put her Nikon camera and her purse under a chair.
When she went to retrieve the items at 10:30 pm, they were gone. The biggest loss was that camera, estimated by police as worth $1,500. The 33-year-old victim also lost $220.
An employee of a Fifth Avenue hair salon lost a piece of jewelry and a fancy handbag when someone stole the items out of the back room where she had left them on Feb. 15.
The 36-year-old told cops that she lost a $500 diamond bracelet and a $600 handbag from the salon, which is near 15th Street. She didn’t know who had taken the items, which she noticed were gone on Feb. 17 at around 10 pm.
Two tweens were mugged of $20 after three punks surrounded them on Ninth Street on Feb. 17.
The two victims — a girl and boy, both age 11 — told cops that they were walking between Sixth and Seventh avenues at around 2 pm when two older boys came over.
“If you don’t give me money, I’ll shoot you,” one of the thugs said. At that point, the kids turned over the $20, and the perps fled towards Seventh Avenue.
A man who had just asked a woman to give him some “money for coffee” couldn’t wait for the spare change and reached into the woman’s open purse for a few bucks on Feb. 16.
The man was arrested less than a half-hour after the 5:20 heist — which netted him just $12.
The 73-year-old woman told cops that the man, 36, approached her at the corner of Carroll Street and Seventh Avenue and asked, “Can I have money for coffee?”
But when she opened her purse to give him something, he grabbed the cache of small bills and ran off.
Cops collared him and charged him with grand larceny, though it is unclear why the $12 heist earned him a felony charge.
Three teen thugs were collared on Feb. 15 after trying to steal an iPod from another teen — and then beating him up — while riding the B67 bus.
The trio of perps surrounded the 14-year-old boy at around 3 pm, and one said, “Gimme the iPod.”
When the boy refused, the three thugs started pummeling him until a schoolteacher and other witnesses intervened.
The three bullies jumped off the bus and fled into the F-train station at Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street, but were later tracked down because some of the witnesses go to the same school as the thugs.
All three were charged with robbery.
A 19-year-old Bronx woman walking to subway had her purse snatched on Feb. 13.
The woman had left her job, on Columbia Street, and had just about made it to the R-train station at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street when the perp grabbed her arm and told her, “Give me your bag.”
He didn’t wait for her to hand it over before he took it and ran off. She lost $100, but could not ID her assailant.
A Long Island man lost a laptop computer when the car that he parked on Sixth Street was broken into on Feb. 12.
The man had parked between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 1 pm, leaving the $2,000 IBM Thinkpad behind. Just an hour and a half later, he returned to the car to find broken glass where the driver’s-side window used to be and the computer gone.
A major video store chain had more than $13,000 in videos and DVDs stolen in a brazen robbery on Feb. 13.
According to police, three perps entered the store, on Flatbush Avenue between Eighth Avenue and Sterling Place, and told the clerk that they intended to do more than just rent tapes.
The clerk recognized the men — a 26-year-old, a 27-year-old and a 45-year-old — from a prior robbery attempt. This time, he told them, “Please don’t steal. This is my store.”
One of the thugs told him that he didn’t care, and flashed a blade at the clerk, who withdrew to the back room to call 911.
The three men were later caught with the goods and booked on multiple robbery charges.
A man swiped a cellphone off a woman’s hip after bumping into her at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street on Feb. 9.
The 22-year-old woman told cops that she felt the man bump into her at around 8 pm and quickly noticed that the T-Mobile phone was missing.
A man had $8,000 stolen from a safe in his bedroom in a break-in at his Douglass Street apartment
The 33-year-old victim told cops that the break-in must have occurred between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, when he found the cash missing from his home, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
He told police that he believes the robber or robbers entered the apartment by using the fire escape. A neighbor said he heard nothing.
A woman had her cellphone stolen, and then called the number and spoke to the perp — but not before he had run up more than $1,500 in charges.
The 24-year-old victim, who lives on Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, noticed her phone was missing on Feb. 12, so she called her own number. Inexplicably, the man who had taken the phone picked up, though he didn’t say much.
By the time the woman canceled her service, the man had rung up $1,557.52 in charges.
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