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Police: Bat-wielding man tries to rob bodega — makes getaway on kick scooter

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Scooting out

Cops busted a would-be thief for trying — and failing — to rob an Eighth Avenue bodega with a baseball bat on March 9, before fleeing empty-handed aboard a kick scooter after a deli guy fended him off.

The victim told police he was working the register at the grocery store between 12th and 13th streets at 8:30 pm, when the suspect suddenly burst into the store waving a bat and demanding cash.

“Give me all your money, or I’ll kill you,” the man allegedly snarled.

But the suspect’s antics weren’t enough to cow the brave deli guy, who beat back the man even as he tried to snatch cash from the register tray, cops said.

Eventually, the coward fled none the richer, although he did hurl a glass bottle at the store’s facade before retreating pitifully on his getaway scooter, according to police.

Put-put perp

Cops have given up the hunt for the fiend who puttered away with a man’s moped that was parked on Fourth Avenue on March 6.

The victim chained his low-powered bike to a pole near Pacific Street at 2 pm, and returned three hours later to find his ride missing, police said.

Quiet, please

Cops cuffed a man who they say beat a woman inside the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on March 7.

The victim told police that she was using a computer inside the Grand Army Plaza book lender between 10 am and 2:15 pm when her quiet time at the library devolved into an argument with the suspect.

As the dispute escalated, the suspect decided to win the debate with his fists, and allegedly smacked the poor woman in the face, cops said.

Lifting

Officers arrested a 17-year-old girl for looting the shelves of a Flatbush Avenue chain store on March 11.

An employee told police the suspect was spotted inside the retailer near Atlantic Avenue at 7:30 pm, grabbing nearly $270 worth of groceries, clothes, and electronics, before attempting to flee without paying for her ill-gotten goods.

— Colin Mixson

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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