Car thief takes off with minivan packed with presents

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76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook

Taking Santa’s sleigh

A thief stole a Honda Odyssey packed to the gills with holiday gifts from its Union Street parking spot on Dec. 12, according to a report.

The victim parked his van, worth $40,000, between Court and Smith streets at 10 pm, and returned at 6 am the next day to find a bandit had absconded with it, cops said. The ride contained $600 worth of children’s toys, and $120 worth of groceries, the victim related.

Blanket statement

A blanket sale went south when the seller followed his customer home and robbed him in the hallway of a building on Hicks Street on Dec. 12, officer stated.

The victim bought three blankets from the scalawag at a pizza joint, then the fiend followed him several blocks to the elevator of his building between Centre Mall and Bush Street at 6 pm. On the second floor, police say the ruffian shoved the man against a wall, knocked him to the ground, stuck an object against his head, and said, “You know what this is, give it up.”

The robber rooted around in the victim’s pockets and extracted $300 in cash, then stepped on the poor guy’s glasses and made his getaway, according to a report. It was not clear whether he allowed the victim to keep the blankets.

Breaking and exiting

A burglar broke into a second-floor apartment on Atlantic Avenue on Dec. 16, but failed to make off with any loot, according to a report.

The victim said she saw the prowler climbing out of a rear window of her apartment between Clinton and Henry streets at 10:24 am and making his getaway on the fire escape.

The lowlife didn’t steal anything from the apartment, but he did cause an unspecified amount of damage to the window, police said.

Unattended baggage

A grinch with a heart two sizes too small swiped a couple of packages from the lobby of a building on Court Street on Dec. 15, NYPD officials said.

The victim left his apartment between Luquer and Nelson streets at about 8 am, and when he arrived home at 10 pm, two packages containing a $40 guitar and a $10 umbrella, which had been delivered during the day, had disappeared, a report states.

— Noah Hurowitz

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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