Snorkel-clad man tries to rob check cashing store but fails

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Botched robbery

A bozo wearing a ski mask and snorkel tried to rob a check cashing store on Fourth Avenue on Jan. 20, according to a police report.

A witness told police that the man walked into the business near Bay Ridge Avenue at 11 pm and handed the teller a note that stated, “This is a robbery. I have a gun. Give money or I shoot,” according to a police report. He proceeded to simulate a firearm in his jacket.

But the teller refused to hand over the cash and the lummox fled empty-handed on Bay Ridge Avenue toward Third Avenue, officials said.

Not so sneaky

Police arrested a man for trying to snatch a 73-year-old woman’s purse on Fourth Avenue on Jan. 18, officials said.

The senior told police that she was waiting for a taxi near 76th Street at 4 pm when the man walked in front of her and tried to grab her pocketbook.

The woman pulled away and man tried to flee empty-handed, but a police officer on the scene arrested him, authorities said.

Car jacked

Two toughs forced a man out of his car on Senator Street on Jan. 16 and drove off with the vehicle, authorities said.

The victim told police that he was driving his white Chevrolet sedan between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 9:15 am when a green minivan cut him off, forcing him to stop. The two baddies got out of the car and approached the man’s driver-side window and one of the louts stated, “Get the f--- out or I’ll f--- you up,” according to a police report.

The brute yanked the victim out of the car by his collar, but he managed to pull away, take his keys out of the ignition, and run off for help, police said.

But one of the miscreants still managed to drive off with the car, while the other took off in the minivan, said authorities.

Police recovered the stolen car on 68th Street and Seventh Avenue shortly after, officials said.

— Caroline Spivack

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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