What’s with all these burglaries?

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Tale of two burgs

At least two neighborhood homes were broken into last week:

• On Dec. 1, someone burgled a home on 82nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The owner told cops that he left for work at around 9 am, but a doorknob was broken off the front door and a $1,500 laptop was gone when he returned eight hours later.

• Two days later, someone broke into a 74th Street home while its owner was at work.

The 43-year-old owner of the home, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, told cops she was away between 8 am and 5 pm, but came home to find nearly $5,000 worth of electronics and shoes missing from inside.

Lots of green

Two men broke into a Fifth Avenue bodega on Dec. 3 and got away with lots of cabbage.

The 49-year-old owner of the grocery store, which is between 72nd and 73rd streets, told cops that she closed up the building just before 11 pm. When she returned the next morning at around 6:15, she noticed that the cellar gate padlock was broken and more than $3,500 was missing from a safe.

Gym rat

A thief snatched a man’s wallet from a locker inside an 86th Street gym on Dec. 2.

The victim, 33, told police that he entered the gym, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, at around 7 pm and locked his things in one of the cabinets in the locker room. When he returned to collect his things an hour later, the lock had been broken, and his wallet was missing from inside the storage space.

Car break

Someone broke into a car parked on 80th Street overnight on Dec. 4.

The 58-year-old owner told cops that he parked his car between Narrows Avenue and Colonial Road around 8 pm. When he returned to his vehicle the next day at around noon, he found the driver’s-side door lock broken and a $2,000 navigation system missing.

— Emily Lavin

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