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A 28-year-old Brighton Beach woman arrested for robbery escaped police custody on Nov. 24 — only to be picked up with her boyfriend two days later, cops say.

Janine Power, a resident of Oceanview Avenue, was nabbed for allegedly stealing a cellphone from a cab driver at the corner of Stillwell and Neptune avenues at 6:13 pm, police said.

The cops were taking her to central booking when she jumped out of the police car and ran off — but didn’t get far.

Police officers patrolling Midwood saw Power and her boyfriend, 41-year-old Anthony D’Angelo, gassing up a car at a service station on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue P — taking them into custody without incident.

Beach bust up

Someone has been vandalizing and breaking into shuttered bathrooms and lifeguard stations along Coney Island’s fabled Boardwalk this month. Here’s the rundown:

• Someone cut the electrical lines to the Boardwalk’s main bathroom at Stillwell Avenue on Nov. 18. The wires were cut from underneath the Boardwalk, the police noted.

• A thief broke into a locked Boardwalk utility room near W. Fifth Street on Nov. 16, stealing 30 feet of copper wire.

• A goon broke into a locked lifeguard station near W. 22nd Street on Nov. 2, spray-painting both the walls and lockers inside, our sister publication, the New York Post, noted.

• Someone set fire to a lifeguard station and a set of bathrooms near W. 33rd Street on Nov. 3. By the time the fire was put out by 60 firefighters, most of the station had been destroyed.

• A thief tried to break into a Boardwalk lifeguard station near W. 16th Street, but failed to get inside. City employees said that the thief tried to pry his way inside sometime after midnight.

B.B. bilkers

Cops say two thugs armed with a B.B. gun robbed a man of his cash during a Nov. 22 robbery on Surf Avenue — only to be arrested an hour later.

The two suspects stopped their victim near W. Eighth Street at 2 am, placing their weapon to the man’s head, according to police. They ran off with the victim’s money, but they didn’t have time to spend it: cops nabbed both men an hour later, charging them with robbery.

Busted for weaving

Cops arrested a man who they say was driving drunk along Brighton Sixth Street on Nov. 28.

The 44-year-old motorist was pulled over for driving erratically near Neptune Avenue at 2:55 am and was taken into custody after scoring a .148 — the equivalent of a 160 pound man having six drinks — on a Breathalyzer test.

Helping hand

Cops arrested a 19-year-old on Nov. 27 who they say was trying to help a pal escape police custody.

At midnight cops were narrowing in on a 16-year-old who was accused of punching out another man on Mermaid Avenue near W. 17th Street. That’s when the 19-year-old offered to change clothes with the assault suspect. He then gave the alleged thug a boost over a fence as police closed in.

But the assistance did little to deter cops, who nabbed both the helpful 19-year-old, as well as the 16-year-old assault suspect, a short time later.

Stuck after stick-up

Cops say a 24-year-old raided a Neptune Avenue store with an air pistol on Nov. 25 — but didn’t get far with the loot.

Police said the suspect entered the store near Brighton Eighth Street at 10:30 pm, flashed his air pistol, and jumped behind the counter — taking the cash directly from the register.

He then ran off, ditching the gun in a nearby garbage can as cops closed in on him.

Cutting remarks

Police arrested a 16-year-old who they say threatened a group of people on W. 31st Street while waving a knife on Nov. 25.

Witnesses in the apartment between Mermaid and Surf avenues told police that the suspect was in the middle of an argument at 10:45 pm when he pulled a knife and screamed, “I’m going to kill all of you.”

Cops arrested the teen before he made good on his threats — charging him with menacing.

— Thomas Tracy

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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