Two alleged thieves were arrested on Nov. 5 after they forced their way into a Paerdegat 15th Street home and held up the man inside.
Police said the thieves, 31 and 18 — who the victim knew — entered the home between Paerdegat Avenue North and East 80th Street at about 9:30 am, surprising their victim.
The thugs threatened the homeowner with a box cutter before running off with $740, a pair of sneakers, and a pair of Prada shoes.
Cops caught up with the thieves a short time later, finding the cash and stolen footwear inside the trunk of the thieves’s Hyundai.
Cop dragger busted
Detectives have finally arrested a motorist who allegedly dragged a cop down Flatlands Avenue during a harrowing January car stop.
Police said the officer pulled over the 22-year-old while he was driving a 1998 Acura between E. 81st and E. 82nd streets at 8:30 pm because the car had blue headlights.
The cop took the motorists driver’s license, realized it had been suspended and asked him to get out of the car, but the man refused.
Instead, the suspect allegedly slammed the door shut, catching the cop’s hand between the door and the body of the vehicle.
He then sped off, taking the cop with him, police said.
The officer ran alongside the Acura until he was able to free his bruised hand, which he then had treatment at a local hospital.
Detectives identified the driver involved in the fracas early on in the investigation, but didn’t apprehend the 22-year-old until this week, charging him with assault.
Thieves broke into Roy H. Mann JHS on Oct. 29, taking an undisclosed amount of electronics.
Police said that the thieves forced open a back window sometime after 12:30 am in order to get inside.
Two thugs held up a 13-year-old bus commuter on Oct. 25, taking his cellphone.
The victim said his bus was passing the corner of Avenue J and Utica Avenue at 5:15 pm when the thieves boarded the bus and pulled a gun on their victim, taking his property.
A gun-toting thug raided the Choo Choo Laundry on E. 102nd Street on Oct. 26 during a daring late-night robbery.
Workers at the 24-hour laundromat, which is between Farragut and Glenwood roads, said the thief entered at 12:20 am and pulled a gun on a worker, demanding that he empty the register.
The thief ran off with $200, said police. No injuries were reported.
This was the second time the laundromat had been robbed in a month, police said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Help wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.