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62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Beer guzzler

A goon busted into a Avenue T bodega on Jan. 9 and made off with cases of beer, said police.

A deli worker told police that the no-goodnik cut the lock on the basement gate leading to the store’s stock area between W. Fifth and W. Sixth streets at 10 pm. The thief fled with as much booze as he could carry, officials said.

But this isn’t the first time this happened. Staff said this is the third time the beer fiend has struck, and were finally fed-up with his shenanigans and decided to report the crook, said authorities.

Copper crooks

Police arrested three men who they say ran off with copper pipes from a pipe supply company on 18th Avenue on Jan. 10, authorities said.

A witness saw the trio run out of the store between Bath and Cropsey avenues just after midnight with an armful of copper pipes and other building materials.

Police nabbed the men after identifying them on surveillance footage, officials said.

Sneak thief

A thief crept into a woman’s 21st Avenue apartment while she was in the shower and swiped her purse on Jan. 14, according to a police report.

The woman told police she was taking a shower in her apartment between Bath and Cropsey avenues around midnight when she heard the doorbell ring. She ignored it but when she came out of the shower she discovered her purse was missing from the hallway where she left it packed with her wallet, officials said. The woman’s niece may have left the front door open when she left the house, the woman told police.

The purse snatcher fled in an unknown direction, authorities said.

Casual escape

A galoot broke into a woman’s 18th Avenue apartment on Jan. 16 through her fire escape, but when the woman caught him, he casually walked out through the front door, said police.

The woman told police that while in the living room of her apartment between 77th and 78th streets she heard the man climbing the fire escape just before 9 pm. He proceeded to pry open the rear bedroom window, but when he came face-to-face with the woman, he wordlessly walked out of the apartment through the front door, exited the building, and fled in a dark-colored sedan that was waiting for him in front of the building, officials said.

— Caroline Spivack

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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