A goon tried to melt a lock open with a blowtorch on Highlawn Avenue on May 25.
The owner of the store told police that she entered her business between W. Seventh and W. Eighth streets at 9:30 pm to discover a blowtorch beside the entrance to the cellar. The lock was damaged, but intact, according to a police report.
Security camera footage showed a man armed with a blowtorch set the lock ablaze, but the bozo eventually gave up, set the torch down, and simply walked away, authorities said.
Plumbing equipment is stored in the cellar, the victim told police.
A sneak with a spare set of keys waltzed into a man’s apartment while he and his wife were at home on May 19.
The man told police that the home invader used a key to enter his apartment between Cropsey Avenue and Shore Parkway just after 7 pm. But when the would-be burglar saw that the man and his wife were home, he booked it down the hall and out of the building.
The puzzled apartment dwellers have no idea how the man got his hands on an extra key, the victims told police.
Two ruffians tried to bust into a Bay 40th Street apartment on May 17.
A pair of witnesses were in their apartment between Benson and Bath avenues at 10 pm when they heard a loud bang and ran out into the hallway of their building, where they spotted two punks trying to break into their neighbor’s unit.
The scared-off duo fled the scene, hopped into a black van, and drove off, according to a police report.
Police arrested two men who they say broke into a guy’s Avenue P apartment on May 16 and assaulted him.
The victim told police that the men forced their way into his apartment between W. 10th and W. 11th at 2 pm. The suspects began punching and kicking him to the point where his face was scraped and sliced open, said police.
The men grabbed $250 before fleeing the scene. But the victim knew the duo and police were able to track down the men, officials said.
Cops cuffed a man who refused to leave his Benson Avenue apartment on May 11 after he was evicted.
The landlord told police that he served the man legal papers on May 2 informing him that he had legal possession of the apartment between Bay 32nd Street and 23rd Avenue at noon and that the tenant was no longer allowed on the property.
But the man busted the lock on the front door and continued living in his home as if nothing had happened, according to a police report.
— Caroline Spivack