Two crooks tried to steal a refrigerator from an Ainslie Street apartment on April 8, but a witness scared away the cold-handed crooks.
The thieves snatched the fridge at around 9 pm from an unoccupied apartment between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue that had been left unlocked so it could be shown to potential tenants.
But after the thieves heisted the icebox, a 32-year-old witness realized that the perps were making off with her brother’s Stainless Steel Liebherr fridge, valued at $3,200.
The observer shouted at the crooks, who fled, leaving the pricey refrigerator in the street.
Cops nabbed three members of a gang of seven that held up at least two teens — and attempted to rob a 12-year-old — at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Bartlett Street on April 7.
The hooligans first targeted two 14-year-olds who were playing handball at the corner at around 2:15 pm.
“Do you got anything valuable on you?” one of the thugs snarled as he patted down the teen.
Apparently the victim did not, as the mugger refused to take the victim’s cellphone.
The other teen wasn’t so lucky, and the thieves made off with his Sidekick cellphone and school ID.
Just 90 minutes later, the same thugs tried to mug a 12-year-old for his phone.
The hoodlums grabbed the pre-teen and told him to hand over his goods.
“Yo, chill, homeboy. Lemme get your phone,” one of the perps demanded as he attempted to restrain the under-aged victim.
But the victim was able to free himself and police locked up three suspects, aged 17, 16, and 15.
A crook heisted a mother’s bag from the top of her stroller while she shopped on Graham Avenue on April 9.
The thief grabbed the bag — which contained the victim’s credit cards, IDs, and her child’s birth certificate — from the carriage while the victim browsed the shelves of Denim Girl, a boutique at the corner of Debevoise Street, between 11:45 am and 1 pm.
Two thugs pretending to work for an energy company snatched a laptop and $800 from a Lorimer Street woman’s apartment on April 7.
The con-men knocked on her door at around 1:15 pm and convinced her they were official by showing off their fake identification badges.
“We work for the energy company,” said one of the thugs. “We can lower your bill.”
While the 28-year-old victim searched her home for her energy bill, the crooks snatched the cash and the computer from the top of her dresser and fled from the apartment, which is between Ten Eyck and Maujer streets.
A criminal couple mugged a 73-year-old man at gunpoint as he walked to the bank on April 9.
The male perp and his female accomplice confronted the victim at the corner of Humboldt and Grand streets at around 4 pm and demanded his cash.
“Give me your money,” the male thug ordered, as he pulled out a black handgun.
The victim obliged, and forked over $100 — as well as his wallet, IDs, and keys.
A thief heisted $1,600 from a Grand Street apartment on April 10 while the resident was at work.
The crook busted through the front door to get into the apartment, which is between Humboldt Street and Bushwick Avenue, and grabbed the cash between 9:30 am and 7:30 pm, cops said.
Burglars broke into a Havemeyer Street apartment on April 9 and snatched a laptop, camera and an iPod.
The crooks got into the residence near the corner of Grand Street through an unlocked rear window between 1:15 and 6 pm, cops said.
— Ben Muessig