Police arrested a dastardly 42-year-old man who tried to mug an 11-year-old boy, but was overpowered by the young victim near the corner of Hoyt and Union streets on Oct. 17.
The schoolboy told police he was putting money into his wallet at 2 pm when the middle-aged (not-so) tough guy grabbed for the billfold. The two tussled for control and, eventually, the small fry managed to shove the mugger away. The boy won back his wallet and ran to his nearby school, PS 32.
Officer Tavis Watson arrested the suspect soon after the attempted robbery.
A thief with a sweet tooth pilfered a Degraw Street restaurant on Oct. 15.
The intruder heisted $100 from the register and $250 worth of cookies from the pantry, even though the front door was still locked when an employee arrived at 11 am to the eatery between Henry Street and Irving Place.
Police are looking for a man with a tummyache.
On the house
A hoodlum lapped up a laptop from a beer distributor’s truck parked on Sackett Street on Oct. 7.
The driver told police he parked, but did not lock the company van between Hicks and Henry streets at 3:30 pm. When he came back at 4 pm, the computer was gone.
Stone cold theft
A burglar ripped off a Hicks Street apartment by removing the air conditioning unit from the window on Oct. 16.
The 55-year-old resident of the building between Warren and Baltic streets, told police the crime — an increasingly prevalent one in our Police Blotter — occurred between 3 am and 4 pm, and that the violator took her diamond ring, 24-karat gold necklace and a camera.
An intruder burglarized a Coffey Street apartment while the resident was indisposed in the bathroom on Oct. 16.
The woman who lives in the building between Van Brunt and Conover streets told police that the only way the thief could have come through the front door and stolen her laptop from her bedroom between 8 pm and 10 pm would have been during one of her trips to the lavatory.
— Mike McLaughlin