A thief first tried seduction, then went straight to larceny, when he shoved and robbed a woman leaving a Fifth Avenue bar early on Sept. 9.
The 32-year-old victim told cops that she had just left the tavern at the corner of Second Street at around 2:40 am when a man yelled out, “Yo, mama!”
She ignored him, but not for long — the man rushed over, knocked her to the ground and took her purse.
She was uninjured, police said, but lost a cellphone, iPod and various cards.
Someone stole iron fencing from a President Street home on Sept. 9 — the latest in a rash of metal thefts.
The 67-year-old owner of the house, which is between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Par West, told cops that he was not home from 9 am to 7 pm, but when he returned, he discovered that $2,000 in fence ornaments had been pilfered.
The increasing price of scrap metals has encouraged thieves to move from laptops and iPods to more-lucrative pursuits, such as copper piping and fences.
A perp used the ol’ Good Samaratan ploy on an unsuspecting woman on Sept 10, telling her she had a flat tire and then stealing her bag when she went to check it out.
The 57-year-old victim told cops that she was sitting in her near the corner of Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street at around 11:30 am when a man approached and spun that old story about a flat tire.
She got out to check and briefly ignored the 5-foot-3, 145-pound, 30-year-old man. But when she got back into the driver’s seat, she noticed that her purse — which contained $17,000 in gold jewelry and $2,000 — was gone.
Then she remembered that the perp had been in a hurry to get away — though she hadn’t thought anything of it at the time. She also told cops that there may have been another perp, though she did not see one.
A thief stole the pocketbook of an employee at a beloved Seventh Avenue bookstore on Sept. 10.
Cops said the thief entered the store, which is between Carroll Street and Garfield Place, at around 11:30 am and took the worker’s purse, which had been behind the counter near the front of the store.
The thief got a fancy cellphone, various cards and, of course, four books.
A woman who was being treated in a Sixth Street hospital was robbed during the few minutes that she was in the bathroom on Sept. 14.
The 73-year-old victim told police that she stepped out of her New York Methodist Hospital room for just a few minutes at around 5 pm, only to returned to find that her credit card and $60 had been taken.
It’s the latest in a rash of thefts of patients at the neighborhood medical center.
The bicycle thief
A two-wheeling hooligan stole two bikes from a President Street hallway on Sept. 3.
The tenant of the apartment, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, told cops that she was home, but that the hallway was unwatched between 4 pm and just after midnight, when she discovered that two Biachi bikes — each valued at $750 — were gone.
Two gun-toting thieves robbed two meat company collectors — and stole the company’s Mercury Sable — in a brazen midday heist Sept. 13.
Cops say that one of the meat men was sitting in the car on Third Avenue near Ninth Street at around 1:30 pm while the other man was inside collecting money for earlier meat and cold cut shipments.
Just then, two men came over, and one showed off a gun and said, “Get out of the car before I shoot you.”
The victim did as told, and both men jumped into the car and drove off. Inside the car was nearly $3,000 from an earlier pickup.
Two sweatshirt-wearing fiends beat up and mugged a man on quiet Seventh Avenue early on Sept. 14.
The victim told cops that he was near Seventh Street at around 1:30 am when a man sneaked up from behind him, put him in a choke hold and forced him to the ground.
While the thug held down he 42-year-old with his knee, another man came over and stole $150 from his pocket.
Both men — both wearing dark hoodies over their heads, cops said — fled towards Prospect Park.
There were at least two break-ins last week. Here’s a roundup:
• A thief broke into a Fifth Avenue apartment while the tenant was out for just 45 minutes after noon on Sept. 9. But the thief left before taking anything from the apartment, which is between 12th and 13th streets.
• The next day, a thief busted into a Fourth Street apartment, taking a laptop. Cops say the break-in occurred between 8:40 am and 6 pm that night when the apartment, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, was unoccupied.
— Gersh Kuntzman