After his subway dance, he took a chance — and stole a cellphone

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Dance off

A sticky fingered jitterbug snatched a cellphone off a straphanger after finishing his dance routine aboard an A train at Jay Street on Nov. 13.

The victim told police he was aboard the train as it pulled into the station near Willoughby Street at around 4 pm, when the crook, who was dancing for cash aboard the Manhattan-bound A, suddenly snatched his cell and waltzed away topside towards parts unknown.

Cash bag

Someone stole a man’s bag containing more than $4,000 that he left unguarded inside a Fulton Street department store on Nov. 24.

The victim told police he forgot the bag inside a changing room within the big-box store between Smith and Hoyt streets at 1:44 pm, and rushed back after realizing it was missing about five minutes later to find his satchel, along with the huge sum of cash it contained, had vanished.

Four-wheeled crook

A thief stole two bikes a man left locked on DeKalb Avenue on Nov. 20.

The victim told police he chained his bikes to a rack near Flatbush Avenue Extension at 12:45 pm, and returned later to find the pedal-powered vehicles — together worth nearly $1,700, he said — had been stolen.

Tee’d off

Cops busted a shoplifter who allegedly fought his way out of an Albee Square West department store with $20 worth of shirts on Nov. 22.

An employee told police he was inside the store near Willoughby Street at 2:22 pm, when he spotted the suspect make his way past the register with a $20 package of undershirts and moved to confront him. But in lieu of handing over the shirts, the suspect grabbed the worker by the throat and attempted to force his way out, although he didn’t get far and police booked him on a robbery charge later that day, cops said.

Bad call

A thief beat and robbed a woman of her cellphone on Fourth Avenue on Nov. 25

The victim told police she was smoking a cigarette and looking at her phone near St. Marks Place at 12:58 am, when some goon suddenly punched in the face and ran off with her phone.

—Colin Mixson

Updated 5:52 pm, July 9, 2018
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