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Carmageddon along Myrtle Avenue

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Clinton Hill and Fort Greene were no country for automobiles this week, as bandits pillaged four vehicles and stole two others.

The spree had some help from absent-minded car owners, at least three of whom may have left their cars unlocked. The thievery started on June 30, when a burglar busted into a 41-year-old woman’s car while it sat parked overnight on June 30, on Cambridge Place between Greene and Gates avenues, cops said. The woman said she left the car at 5:30 pm on June 30, and when she returned on July 1 at 11 am, her wallet was missing from inside. She may have left her door unlocked, she told officers.

Opportunistic crooks hit another vehicle on July 2, after the driver left it unattended for half an hour on Emerson Place. The 40-year-old driver parked his truck between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues at 9:30 am, and left the doors unlocked, police recounted. When he came back at 10 am, his wallet and phone had disappeared, cops said.

Another ride got the load-lightening treatment sometime between July 5 and 6, after the owner left it parked on Clifton Place between Saint James Place and Grand Avenue, according to a police report. The 59-year-old owner related that she left the vehicle at 7:30 pm and returned at 7:30 the next morning to find her laptop, electronic tablet, leather Coach duffel bag, and her spare tire all jacked. There was no broken glass near the car, and the owner said she does not remember locking it up, the report states.

The next incident saw a lowlife steal a bag full of medical instruments from a car parked near the intersection of Willoughby Street and Ashland Place on July 6, according to the authorities. The 24-year-old victim reported she left her vehicle parked at 10 am and returned at 8 pm to find her bag pilfered. The pouch contained medical books, a stethoscope, and an otoscope, she said.

The car thefts began on June 28, when an outlaw pilfered a motorcycle from in fromt of a building on Adelphia Street, between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues, cops reported. The 28-year-old owner said he chained his 1984 Honda to a tree at 3 pm on June 28, and when he returned on June 30 at 9:35 pm, only the clipped chain remained. On July 3, he said he saw a scoundrel aboard his ride near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street, at 4:30 pm.

Another whip vanished on July 2, when an anti-social auto-phile drove off in a 1994 Toyota Camry that was parked the corner of South Portland Avenue and South Elliott Place, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-year-old car owner said he parked the car at midnight and, when he returned at 7 am, it was nowhere to be found.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
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Reasonable discourse

Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Crime is serious business. I realize you're trying to make a name for yourself in journalism, but you'd be a lot more credible to report this type of information without street slang or colloquialisms. Instead of coming of as tough, it just sounds ignorant.
July 9, 2014, 11:46 am
Zane from Fort Greene says:
Agreed with Peter. These are people's lives that have been upended by these acts. It's not a laughing matter.
July 11, 2014, 5:40 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Thank you, Zane. I'm going to keep commenting here each week...or at least until I get a reasonable response from the editor as to why this approach is what Brooklyn Paper readers prefer.
July 11, 2014, 1:32 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Zane,

Apparently deputy editor Nathan Tempey thinks most readers get a good chortle out of crime reporting. Here's his response to me.

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Peter,

The blotter has been written this way since The Brooklyn Paper started printing in 1978. It is one of the most popular items in the paper and on the website, and we think part of the reason for that is the voice it has. We do not have plans to change that voice, but thanks for reading and for sharing your concern.

All the best,
Nathan

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Nathan Tempey
Deputy Editor
The Brooklyn Paper
Community News Group
@nathantempey
O: (718) 260-4504
C: (347) 356-2936
July 16, 2014, 10:26 am

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