Bike-riding thief returns, stealing iPhones

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A goon on a bicycle snagged an iPhone from a 41-year-old woman on Atlantic Avenue on Nov. 23.

The victim told cops that she was between Hoyt and Bond streets at 3:20 pm when the punk pedaled by, plucking the pricey smart phone from her hand.

The style of crime — a perp on a bike — matches last year’s spate of iPhone thefts, as reported by The Brooklyn Paper.

Crazed cashier

A 21-year-old cashier at an Atlantic Avenue Key Food was arrested on Nov. 24 for taking a customer’s wallet, then attacking her 53-year-old victim once her crime was uncovered.

The victim accidentally left her wallet on the counter inside the store between Clinton and Court streets at 1 pm, but she quickly realized her mistake and returned to the cashier, asking if the young woman had seen the wallet.

The cashier claimed she didn’t, but a quick check of the store’s security tapes proved otherwise: When the 53-year-old woman left, the cashier grabbed the wallet and put it in her pocket, surveillance footage showed.

When a store security guard confronted the cashier about the theft, she wigged out, punching the wallet’s rightful owner in the face, police said.

Phone swipe

A thug attacked a 13-year-old girl on the Fulton Mall on Nov. 27, taking her cellphone.

The victim said that she was outside the Strawberry boutique between Elm Place and Bond Street at 2:17 pm when the hooligan threw her against the wall and plucked the phone from her pocket.

Bolt from blue

A thug attacked a man with a pair of bolt cutters on Nov. 24 during a fierce exchange on Dean Street.

The two men were arguing between Boerum Place and Smith Street at 1:20 pm when the assailant lunged at his victim with the bolt cutters, leaving him with a slight injury.

Laptop taken

Two thieves stole a laptop computer out of an Atlantic Avenue furniture store on Nov. 23.

Workers told cops that the thieves entered the store between Hoyt and Bond streets at 1:30 pm, swiped an Apple laptop off a table and ran back out.

Snapped up

A thief made off with more than $6,000 in camera equipment on Nov. 22 during a visit to the Air Gallery on Front Street.

The victimized artist told cops that he had left the camera and a pricey lens on the floor at 3:30 pm as he worked in the studio between Adams and Washington streets. Two and a half hours later, they were gone.

Laptop looting

A thief stole a computer out of a Pacific Street home on Nov. 26.

The thief entered the address between Bond and Nevins streets sometime after 1:30 pm after forcing open the basement door.

Bag grab

A crew of sticky-fingered thieves converged on the Fulton Mall this week. Here’s what happened:

• A cunning thief ran off with a woman’s wallet on Nov. 26 during a shopping spree inside the Macy’s department store.

The victim hung her purse on a hook inside the Fulton Street store, which is between Lawrence and Bridge streets, so she could try on a jacket at 2 pm. That’s when the thief approached, threw a bunch of clothes on top of the rack and took the woman’s wallet as he picked through the discarded merchandise.

• A crook swiped a woman’s handbag on Nov. 25 when it was accidentally left hanging off a rack inside the Brooklyn USA clothing store on Fulton Street.

The victim’s daughter left her bag on the rack at 11:55 am, then left the store without it. When she realized her mistake and returned a short time later, the bag was gone.

— Thomas Tracy

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Reasonable discourse

Stupidity from Bk says:
When will people learn to hold on to their belongings? Hold on to your purse for dear life and get off the damn phone. You people are leaving yourselves wide open for the skells.
Dec. 1, 2010, 5:08 pm

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