Swindler tricks man into giving up more than $3,000

62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Missing conscience

A liar swindled a 73rd Street resident out of $3,765 on Dec. 26 by pretending to be a detective and claiming he needed the money to locate a missing child.

The victim, who lives between 17th and 18th avenues, received the phone call telling him he needed to send the money or he would be arrested around 9 am, and sent the cash through a money transfer, police said, adding that they traced the call back to the Dominican Republic.

Sleepover gone wrong

A baddie stole $6,700 from a duffel bag inside a woman’s 66th Street home at some point between Dec. 23 and Dec. 28.

The theft occurred at the home between 18th and 19th avenues at some point after midnight on Dec. 23, according to the report, which added that the bag with the cash was in the woman’s bedroom, where she allowed two friends to sleep while she slept in the living room.


A lout threatened to assault a woman and pushed her — causing her to hit her back against a metal pole — on a bus on 77th Street on Dec. 24.

The woman told police she was on the B6 bus near Bay Parkway around 6:20 pm when the lout told her, “If you don’t move, I’ll make you move” before pushing her, causing her to hit the pole and injure her spine, police said.

The brute then got off the bus and fled in an unknown direction, according to the report, which added that the woman did not have any visible injuries.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch

A thief stole $400 and a man’s credit card, car keys, and identification card from his unlocked car parked on 74th Street on Dec. 25.

The theft occurred between 17th and 18th avenues around 6 pm, when the car was unlocked and the driver’s side door was open with the engine running, police said.

Should’ve taken the train

A sneak stole a woman’s phone at an 18th Avenue bus stop on Dec. 26.

The incident occurred at the stop between Bay Ridge Parkway and 76th Street around 5:20 pm, when the woman was looking at her phone, police said, adding that the thief fled on foot on Bay Ridge Parkway towards 17th Avenue after he made the steal.

Cash grab

A thief stole a woman’s wallet — with more than $220, her credit card, and driver’s license inside — from an 86th Street store on Dec. 27.

The incident occurred at the store between Bay 31st and Bay 32nd streets around 1:15 pm, when the woman left her bag with the wallet inside it in an aisle while she shopped, according to the report.

Rude awakening

A punk stole a man’s wallet while he was sleeping on a Brooklyn-bound D train that he boarded in Manhattan on Dec. 27.

The man realized his wallet — with $600 and his credit card inside — was missing when he woke up at around 6 pm at the 79th Street station at New Utrecht Avenue, police said.

What a tool

A thief removed the driver’s-side window of man’s car parked on Shore Parkway on Dec. 28 and stole his medication and construction tools from inside.

The incident occurred between 15th and 16th avenues at around 10 pm, police said.

Window of opportunity

A baddie damaged the windows of a man’s car parked on 70th Street at some point between Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 and stole $2,500 and the man’s social security and identification cards from inside, police said.

The man told police he parked his vehicle between New Utrecht and 16th avenues at 8 pm on Dec. 29 and returned shortly before 10 am the next day to find his window damaged and cash and cards gone.

New Year’s surprise

A scoundrel struck a man with a small metal object, punched him, and slashed his cheek before stealing his cellphone, $175, and his credit card on 77th Street on Dec. 30.

The assault and theft occurred between 17th and 18th avenues at 6:30 pm, police said, adding that the goon fled on foot on 77th Street towards 18th Avenue.

Should’ve stayed home

A pair of louts stole a man’s car from a Shore Parkway hotel at some point between Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

The incident occurred at some point after 10 pm, when the man arrived at the hotel between 19th and 20th avenues with a woman. The pair had drinks, according to the report, which added that the man thought he was drugged because he passed out and awoke in a daze, and found the woman and another man demanding he hand over cash. The dastardly duo then took off in the man’s car, police said.

— Julianne McShane

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