Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights
A sneaky thief stole a woman’s purse while she slept on the N train on Jan. 21, cops claim.
The victim said she boarded the Brooklyn-bound train in Union Square at 3 pm and fell asleep around Canal Street. She awoke at the Eighth Avenue stop near 62nd Street at 4:08 pm to see somebody had taken her bag — with $63 in cash and her camera inside.
Tired of Jersey
A crook swiped the tires and rims off of a vehicle from Passaic on 95th Street sometime overnight on Jan. 24, according to cops.
The victim reported that she parked her car between Narrows Avenue and Colonial Road at 7 pm and came back at 8 am the next day to see the wheels stripped to the hubs.
Broke the bank
A robber stuck up a Fifth Avenue lending institution on Jan. 26, police report.
The teller told cops that the perp came into the bank between 82nd and 83rd streets at 6 pm and passed her a note demanding cash.
“It’s going to get worse if you don’t cooperate. Give me $5,000. I have a gun. Make it look like it’s part of my withdrawal and put it in a small bag,” the slip read.
The teller handed an envelope with $1,601 in bills to the fiend, who insisted on more money.
“I said $5,000. Do it,” the villain said.
Ultimately, though, the crook took the money and fled down 82nd Street in the direction of Fourth Avenue.
A lowlife smashed the car window of a woman from Pennsylvania and stole her purse while she was parked at an Eighth Avenue store on Jan. 21.
The victim told cops she parked the car in a parking lot near 63rd Street at 6:10 pm and went shopping. When she came back 20 minutes later, her front passenger-side window was shattered and her bag — with $45 in cash inside — was gone.
A femme fatale pickpocketed an elderly man while giving him a hug on 12th Avenue on Jan. 26.
The victim reported he was between 85th and 86th streets at 3:30 pm when the shady lady came up and embraced him, pretending that they were old acquaintances.
“I haven’t seen you in so long, I miss you,” the bad girl said.
When the two parted, the man realized that the $190 in his front pocket was missing.
A villain stole $100 in cash from the safe of a Fort Hamilton Parkway pizzeria on Jan. 25, cops say.
The cashier claimed she left the keys to the lockbox on the counter when she closed the store between 90th and 91st streets at 1:30 am — and when she re-opened the restaurant at 10:45 am, she found that a crook had opened the safe and taken the money from inside.
A crook ran off with a woman’s vinyl album collection — along with her bicycle, rugs, and suitcases — from the storage room of her Shore Road building sometime between Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, police claim.
The victim said the custodian told her that he last checked her rented cellar space at 5 pm on Jan. 22, and came back three days later at 2:15 pm to see the door broken off the hinges and the room cleaned out.
Winner take nothing
A team of con artists robbed an elderly Ridge Boulevard woman of $9,478 by tricking her into thinking she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House contest on Jan. 14.
The victim told police she got the phony call at 2 pm on Monday, and that the man on the line told her she had been picked for a $1,000,000 prize and that a representative from the Internal Revenue Service would soon stop by her home to collect the necessary taxes.
The scammer told her to open a new account so that he could wire her the winnings, and to take out $9,478 in cash to give to the taxman. A man stopped by her home between 74th and 75th streets, and she gave him her money.
She then got another call telling her to go to a chain pharmacy and buy gift cards, then give him the card numbers over the phone. At this point, the woman called the police.
— Will Bredderman
Reach reporter Will Bredderman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-4507.