Thieves were hungry

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Hungry thieves

At least four eateries were hit by thieves last week. Check below to see if your favorite restaurant was on the list:

• On May 11, two men approached the Lemongrass Grill on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley places at around 9:15 am and told the landlord that they were there to “check the pipes.” The landlord, whose English is limited, let them inside — and 45 minutes later, the bandits were gone, taking a safe that held $30,000 with them.

• A thief pried open a rear window at Get Fresh, a restaurant on Fifth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets, sometime between 11 pm on May 12 and 9 am the next morning. The burglar didn’t take anything — except the sense of security of Mark Simmons, the former “Top Chef” contestant who cooks there.

• A Seventh Avenue restaurant was cleaned out of $180 and the cash register itself overnight on May 15. The owner of the restaurant, which is near Fourth Street, told cops that he was not there between 11 pm and noon the next day.

• Everyone loves Joe’s Pizza, including thieves, who broke in overnight on May 16 and stole $200. The crime was discovered when the owner returned to the eatery, which is between Fourth and Fifth streets at 10:30 the next morning.

Bike bandit

A thief on a bicycle snatched a woman’s handbag on Union Street on May 9.

The 6 pm roll-and-rob took place on the block between Third and Fourth avenues at around 6 pm. The woman said she never saw the bicycle thief — until he was rolling away from her, handbag in his possession.

She lost a phone and $150.


A woman being treated at New York Methodist Hospital had a cellphone stolen from under her bed, police said this week.

The crime actually occurred on March 15, but was not reported until last week.

Burg interrupted

A Lincoln Place homeowner scared off a would-be thief on May 14.

The 40-year-old man told cops that he was in the living room at around 2:15 pm when he heard noises in the bedroom. He quickly found the source of the commotion: a burglar slipping into the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Upon seeing the tenant, the burglar fled without saying a word.

Car crime

And, of course, it wouldn’t be Park Slope without a thick welter of car-related crimes. Here’s a roundup:

• A Daily News employee should probably learn to lock his car better. The photographer had just finished a job at the Prospect Park Zoo at around 5 pm on May 9 and discovered that nearly $10,000 in photographic equipment had been stolen.

• A Toyota Camry was swiped from Second Street between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park west overnight on May 12. The owner told cops that he last saw his car at 9:15 am, but it was gone when he returned at 2:10 pm the next day.

• A shopper at the Lowe’s hardware store on Second Avenue returned to his car at about 3 pm on May 14 and discovered that it had been ransacked. He lost a laptop computer and other equipment — all of which was valued at $2,650.

• A 2003 Toyota SUV was swiped from Third Street between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West sometime between May 11, when it was parked, and May 17, when its owner hoped to use it.

Updated 2:30 pm, May 27, 2009: Updated to correct one of the restaurants that was broken into.
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