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Driveway devils

Just because your car’s sitting pretty in your personal car port doesn’t mean it’s suddenly become theft-proof.

Two locals learned this the hard way last week as brazen thieves rooted through their vehicles -- in one case taking two pricey musical instruments — as they sat just paces away from their front doors.

Both cars were unlocked at the time, the owners admitted.

A 48-year-old told police that someone entered his 2008 Toyota Highlander on March 28 as it sat outside his home on 11th Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets sometime after 8 pm.

The Dyker Heights resident was obviously singing the blues, but he didn’t have any instruments on which to play his sad song — his $1,200 trumpet and a $500 saxophone were stolen, he said.

Four days later, a 39-year-old man was foolish enough to leave his car unlocked as it sat behind his home on 77th Street between 10th and 11th avenues.

Later that day, someone sneaked inside the Honda, taking five credit cards and some documents.

Narrows throwdown

A 28-year-old woman was shoved to the ground and robbed on Narrows Avenue during a clash with a purse snatcher on March 30.

The woman told police that she was between 78th and 79th streets at around 3 pm when she felt something tugging at her bag. She turned to find that a hulking stranger had latched on.

The thief then threw her down and ran off with the bag to an awaiting white vehicle, police said.

The woman sustained a cut to her wrist, but was otherwise unharmed.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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