Rat breaks into lockers at 86th St. gym

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Lock pick

A rat broke into two lockers at an 86th Street fitness center on May 7 — and swiped gym-goers’ belongings.

A fitness enthusiast told police that he stored his wallet in one of the lockers at the gym between Fourth and Fifth avenues. But when he returned post-workout at noon, his wallet, stuffed with cash and bank cards, was gone, police said. The hungry raider promptly bought Chinese food and cigarettes on the stolen bank cards, according to a police report.

But that wasn’t the end to his thievery. The prowler returned later that day and broke into another locker where a couple had stashed their clothes and wallets, officials said. The victims told police they packed their things away at 6:30 pm, but when they returned at 8 pm their stuff was missing from the locked locker, authorities said.

Avid collector

A baddie stole a bundle of signed baseball cards from a Bay Ridge Parkway basement on May 1.

The victim told police that the sports fan broke into his basement between 10th and 11th avenues around 4 pm when he wasn’t home. The thief made off with more than $3,000 worth of vintage cards, according to a police report.

Caught in the act

A would-be car thief trying to drive off with a car parked on Bay Ridge Avenue on May 3 was scared off by the owner.

The victim told police that she spotted the man inside her Jeep Grand Cherokee between Colonial Road and Ridge Boulevard at 11 pm trying to start the engine.

The woman rushed over to the car and began banging on the passenger-side window, which spooked the wannabe crook, who promptly dashed out of the vehicle, according to a police report.

— Caroline Spivack

Updated 5:59 pm, July 9, 2018
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