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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Checkmate

A rapscallion who helped a man open an account at a Third Avenue bank later withdrew more than $2,000 from the account without permission and forged checks in his name also worth more than $2,000, the man reported to police on March 17.

The man reported the theft just before 9 am, informing police that the lout who helped him open the account at the bank between 95th and 96th streets had also been using the account to deposit money, and also opened up a National Grid account in his name.

Jackpot

A burglar stole an estimated $16,000 worth of jewelry from a 13th Avenue home on March 16.

The bandit entered the home between 65th and 66th streets at around 10:30 pm, and took three gold necklaces, a gold chain, two gold bracelets, two pairs of gold earrings, and four rings, police reported. There were no signs of forced entry, according to the report.

Didn’t get far

Police arrested one of two men who allegedly stole a 2015 Lexus van from the Fifth Avenue dealer on March 14.

The men stole the car from the lot at 65th Street just before 5 pm, according to authorities.

Ambush at the intersection

A pair of miscreants punched a man in the face, stole his cellphone and headset, threatened him with a knife, and even tried to stab him at an 86th Street crosswalk on March 16.

The man told police he was walking through the intersection at Geltson Avenue around noon when the duo exited the car and started an argument about crossing the street. One of the brutes punched the man in the face and stole his cellphone and headset before the other flashed a knife and attempted to stab him, cops said. The victim then ran from the scene, according to the report.

— Julianne McShane

Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
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