Big school computer heist

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Laptop looting

More than two dozen laptop computers were swiped from IS 259 on Fort Hamilton Parkway in what police described as a well-thought-out heist between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29.

Whoever entered the school, which is at 73rd Street, knew that the building is under construction and that a rooftop door would be secured only with duct tape.

Once inside the building, the thief broke into a fourth-floor room where he swiped the 32 laptops before exiting to the roof and leaving the duct tape the way he found it.

Fire fiends

Cops are investigating two recent burglaries in which thieves scaled fire escapes to get to their victim’s homes.

A sixth-floor resident of a Shore Road building near 88th Street told police that someone entered his apartment between 7 am and 11 am on Oct. 27, taking advantage to an unlocked fire escape window.

The thug got a gold diamond ring and two Timex watches.

The day before, a thief broke into a fourth-floor apartment on 64th Street, taking a host of items, including a piggy bank.

The tenant said that he left for work his apartment at 6:30 am and returned 11 hours later to find several pieces of gold jewelry, as well as a PlayStation game console, a Bulova watch and that porcine bank missing.

As in the other crime, the thief had entered through the window off the fire escape.

Throttle thug

Cops arrested an 18-year-old hooligan for grabbing a woman by the neck during a brutish mugging on 79th Street on Oct. 28.

Police said that the 46-year-old victim was near 15th Avenue at 7:45 pm when the perp allegedly stopped her in her tracks, squeezed her neck, snagged the woman’s purse and ran off, leaving her with an injury to her head and wrist.

Cops caught their man a short time later, charging him with robbery and assault.

Cleaning disservice

A 37-year-old woman returned to her 73rd Street apartment last week to find her bed stripped of its sheets and several electronics and personal documents missing on Oct. 28.

The woman said that she left her home, which is near Seventh Avenue, at 10 am and returned about five hours later to discover that $5,000, three Albanian passports, a video camera, a laptop computer and some tax forms were missing.

Driveway detour

These days, cars aren’t even safe in their own driveways.

A brazen thief stole watches and electronics from a 51-year-old woman’s Honda Odyssey as it sat in her driveway on 96th Street near Marine Avenue between 7:30 pm on Oct. 26 and noon the next day.

The owner told cops that she had left the car unlocked, probably believing that her Honda was safe and sound in the driveway. It wasn’t; the thief got two gold watches, two silver watches, a Sirius radio, a radar detector, a pair of binoculars and about $20 in quarters.

Burgle bust

Cops nabbed a 25-year-old thief after he was spotted breaking into a home on Bay Ridge Avenue on Oct. 29.

Officials said that the man entered the home near 14th Avenue at 12:30 pm, but fled empty-handed. Still, he was later collared for the break-in.

Troubled teen

A 13-year-old area boy is having a trouble with cell phone-grabbing bullies.

The victim said that he was playing football with friends at a schoolyard on 16th Avenue near 65th Street at 2:50 pm on Oct. 29 when an older kid pushed him from behind and snatched the cell from his hand.

He also said it was not the first time that this had happened. Three weeks earlier, another bully followed him home and robbed him.

Updated 5:18 pm, November 4, 2009
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