Hate crime at the Unitarian Church

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Hateful hoodlums burglarized and desecrated a Brooklyn Heights church overnight on Sept. 13.

The thieves broke into the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Monroe Place between 4 pm and 7 am the following morning, heisting money and music equipment and scrawling racist, homophobic, anti-Arab, and anti-Semitic epithets on the walls of the church, which is between Clark and Pierrepont streets.

Their message included a swastika, as well as the statement “White power — we will be back.”

This is hardly the first time that hateful words have made news in Brooklyn Heights.

Graffiti writers have repeatedly painted swastikas in the bourgeois burg, once even scribbling the Nazi logo on a synagogue.

Just last week, a pamphleteer threw copies of an obscene anti-Obama poem from the roof of a Metrotech skyscraper.

iPod touched

A perp hijacked a 29-year-old woman’s iPod touch on the corner of Hoyt and Fulton streets on Sept. 19.

The crook confronted his victim at around 1:25 pm and grabbed a plastic bag from the woman’s grip. The bag contained the costly music player.

High Street heist

A subterranean thief stole a 67-year-old woman’s iPhone as she exited the High Street A/C station on Sept. 17.

The crook grabbed the fancy phone from the victim’s hand as she climbed the stairs near the corner of Red Cross Place and Cadman Plaza East at around 12:45 pm.

Snakes and ladders

A thief tried to use a ladder to burglarize a Wyckoff Street apartment early on Sept. 18.

The perp got into a backyard near the corner of Court Street and propped a ladder against the side of the victim’s house between 4 am and 4:30 am.

The thief succeeded in removing a screen window, but he couldn’t get into the apartment.

Instead, the crook entered an unlocked backyard shed and stole $20 and a bicycle inner tube.


Three hamburglars held up a 17-year-old as he ate at McDonalds on Sept. 17.

The crooks pulled out a knife and snatched the victim’s iPod Touch from his hand at around 3:40 pm, then fled from the fast food joint, which is at the corner of Tillary and Gold streets.

Big crime in little store

A pickpocket in a 99-cent store got away with a whole lot more than a buck on Sept. 16.

The thief grabbed a 24-year-old woman’s wallet from her purse while she shopped in 99 Cent City on Hoyt Street near the corner of Livingston Street at around 5:40 pm — escaping with her credit cards, ID, and $425.

Heights stick-up

A crook held up a 15-year-old at knifepoint on Sept. 15 and got away with his wallet.

The robber approached the victim at the corner of State Street and Sidney Place at around 4 pm and asked him the time.

When the victim told the perp he didn’t know, the mugger pulled out a knife with a wooden handle.

“Give me your wallet,” the crook demanded.

The victim forked over his black cloth wallet — which was emblazoned with the image of two tan dogs — as well as IDs, and ATM card, and $5.

Salvation salvo

A thief stole a purse containing $2,700 from a 74-year-old shopper in an Atlantic Avenue thrift shop on Sept. 14.

The crook grabbed the pocketbook — which was left on the ground near a fitting room in the Salvation Army between Nevins and Bond streets — at around 3:30 pm. The perp fled from the shop with the bag, which contained the cash, a bank book, and IDs.


Thieves ransacked a Court Street apartment on Sept. 15 and stole checkbooks and jewelry.

The burglars forced their way through the front door of the residence, which is near the corner of Congress Street, between 9 am and 6:40 pm. Once inside, the crooks snatched 30 blank checks and three necklaces.

Construction malfunction

Thieves ransacked a Vinegar Hill construction site overnight on Sept. 16 and stole nearly $10,000 of tools and equipment.

The crooks got into the site at the corner Bridge and Plymouth streets between 3 pm and 7 am the next morning and snatched an electric hoist, a drills, saws, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, grinders, socket sets, and a handcart, among other costly tools.

Airbag snared

A crook snatched an airbag from a car parked near the corner of Hicks and Pineapple streets between Sept. 15 and Sept. 17.

The thief shattered a rear window stole the safety device from a black 2008 Ford Fusion.

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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