Texting while walking

76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens

Cobble Hill–Red Hook

Cell punch

A perp took advantage of a distracted pedestrian, swiping his phone as he texted while walking on May 29 — but the teenager fought back and regained the mobile device.

The victim told cops that he was near the corner of Summit and Henry streets at around 6:45 pm when a thug approached and started a conversation about cellphone apps.

But suddenly, the perp punched the teen below the right eye, causing him to drop the phone. The hooligan picked it up and fled, but the victim gave chase and tackled his would-be robber.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound thief, whose hair is gathered in braids, fled.

Booze hounded

A thief who had broken into a car on June 1 was collared two days later by an officer who questioned him about an open container of alcohol.

Officer Cristian Rodriguez reported that he saw the man drinking in public near the corner of Third and Bond street at around 2:15 pm, and closer inspection revealed a sleeping bag, cellphone charger and navigation system that had been stolen out of a BMW two days earlier from Amity Street between Clinton and Court streets.


A thief nabbed a nine-year-old Ford Explorer from Henry Street. The owner said he parked between Degraw and Kane streets at 5 pm on May 30, but the van was gone 25 hours later.

Key factor

A man who may have left the keys to his Toyota Rav 4 on the front seat returned to his car on June 1 to find that it was indeed gone.

He told cops that he’d parked the 2006 mini-SUV on Second Street near Smith Street at 2 am, but it was gone six hours later.

But cops got a huge break the next day when Officer Oliver Lopez spotted the car and kept an eye on it.

When it’s new “owner” returned, Lopez made the collar.

Sleepless day

A man who fell asleep watching a ballgame in Red Hook Park on June 5 told cops that he woke up to find his wallet gone.

The 51-year-old man told police that he fell asleep on the grass near Hicks and Lorraine streets at around 1:45 pm.

He lost $250.

Mariner rime

A thief stole a Mercury Mariner that had been parked on Clinton Street on June 5. The driver said he had locked the car near the corner of Third Street at 9 pm.

Bike baddie

Someone broke into a Pacific Street home on June 2 and stole a mountain bike.

The owner told cops that he returned to the house, which is between Henry and Clinton streets at 9:30 pm to find a broken front door and lock, and his blue bike gone.

Sleepy time

At least two burglars were forced to flee after waking up their sleeping victims in the middle of the night on June 2. Here are the details:

• In the first crime, a woman told cops that she woke up from a bark from her dog at around 3:30 am to find a man moving through her apartment on Hicks Street near Sackett Street. She screamed, and the thug fled — but Officer Daniel Bonilla caught a 19-year-old the next day.

• A woman told cops that she woke up at 4:40 am to find two men in her Columbia Street apartment, taking a huge TV, a laptop and $160. She screamed and the pair fled from the unit, which is near Mill Street.

Quiet riot

Two men fired some lead into a 36-year-old who told cops that he was simply sitting on a Bush Street bench on June 6.

The man said he was relaxing between Columbia and Hicks streets at around 12:30 am when two men approached, and one pulled a gun and fired four times.

The victim was hit once in the leg, and was taken to New York Methodist Hospital, where he was treated and released.

— Gersh Kuntzman