Thieves shoot cabbie during Crooke Ave. robbery

Cabbie gunned down

A livery cab driver was shot down on June 22 following a botched robbery.

Officials said the victim was shot somewhere along Parade Place, near Crooke Avenue, at 1:30 am and tried to drive away, but the chest wound he received was too great and he ultimately crashed into a line of parked cars.

Paramedics rushed him to Kings County Hospital, where he died of his wounds.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Recorded terrors

A crew of thieves videotaped a vicious beat down they committed on June 24, so they could apparently enjoy the carnage — and their prey’s anguish — again, and again, and again, officials said.

The victim told police that when the suspects surrounded him at the corner of Martense Street and Rogers Avenue at 8:30 pm, he noticed one of them was aiming a video camera at him.

The thieves let the camera roll as they pounded on him with their fists and planks of wood. They even recorded siccing a pit bull on the hapless victim.

Cops rounded up and arrested two of the suspects — without the help of the tape — charging them both with robbery and assault.

It was unclear what became of the video as this paper went to press.

Popping shots

A man was taken into custody on June 27, after he was caught firing off a gun on a crowded East Flatbush street.

Officials said that the 22-year-old suspect fired three shots into the air on Church Avenue, near East 56th Street, at 3 am to “get people out of the way,” according to a complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office.

He then fled, only to be apprehended on Snyder Avenue and East 55th Street 10 minutes later.

The gun was recovered, police said.

Beaten and robbed

A crew of teenage thieves pulled weapons on another adolescent on June 27 before beating him to the ground and running off with his property, police said.

The victim said he was at the corner of Caton Avenue and Argyle Road just after 7 pm when one of the suspects pulled a knife. The second man flashed a gun before they attacked, sending their victim onto the concrete.

They then rifled through his pockets and ran off a wallet containing $375.

Cops nabbed one of the 16-year-old suspects shortly after the robbery.

Money swipe

A thief grabbed a wad of cash from a woman on June 27, threatening to “pop some rounds” if she reported what had happened.

Officials said that the exchange took place at 5:50 am at the corner of Willmohr Street and Rockaway Parkway when the thief snatched the money right out of her hand.

When she objected, he said, “If you call the police, I’m going to pop some rounds.”

Cops rounded up the 25-year-old suspect a short time later, charging him with robbery.

Burglar bash

A burglar wigged out on police after he was caught breaking into an Avenue I home on June 21.

Police said that the 29-year-old thief forced open a screened window to the home, which is between East 37th and East 38th streets, at 10:22 am when a woman inside the home saw him and called 911.

Responding officers grabbed the suspect, but he wouldn’t go willingly. He attempted to fight off police as they tried to take him into custody, according to court papers filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office, who is now prosecuting him for burglary, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Shot on Schenectady

A man was shot and killed in East Flatbush on June 19.

Police said they were called to Schenectady Avenue between Avenue D and Foster Avenue just before 3 am, where they found the man lying in the street, shot in the torso.

The unidentified victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he died of his wound.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to graffiti vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, which is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.

According to police, there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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