A trio of shifty characters used the old distraction ploy to steal a 24-karat gold ring from a jewelry store on N. Third Street on Dec. 2.
The owner of the jewelry store between Kent and Wythe avenues told police that two men came in at 5 pm and asked questions about his jewelry. While he wasn’t looking, another man came in and stole the ring off the counter. Cameras in the store captured the heist, but police have not yet made any arrests.
Hot sauce thief
Police arrested a man who they say broke into a house on Union Avenue on Nov. 30 — and all he got was a box full of hot sauce and handcuffs.
A witness called police when he saw the man breaking into a building between Withers and Jackson streets at 10 pm. Police rolled up and were waiting for the man went he came out carrying the box of hot sauce. The 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary.
Cash in cab
A marauder smashed out the window of a delivery truck parked on Banker Street on Nov. 25, stealing several thousand dollars in cash — and the hood of the truck.
The store owner told police that he went outside of his business between Meserole and Norman avenues at 1 am to find the truck window broken, hood ripped off, and between $4,000 and $5,000 in cash stolen.
No teacher’s pet
Police arrested a girl who they say beat a former teacher with her book bag at a N. Sixth Street school on Nov. 30.
The teacher told police that she was at the school between Havemeyer and Roebling streets at 6 pm when the 16-year-old girl slammed her over the head, causing swelling and redness to the teacher’s face.
In through the kitchen window
A cat burglar broke into a Guernsey Street apartment on Nov. 30 — and stole a guy’s electronics.
The man told police that he came home to his abode between Norman and Meserole avenues at 5 pm to find his kitchen window open and his iPhone, laptop, XBox, watch, and cash stolen.
Don’t walk and talk
A thug attacked and robbed a man on N. Fourth Street on Dec. 2.
The victim told police that he was at Kent Avenue at 2:45 am when the brute ran up behind him, punched him in the right side of the face, and then grabbed his phone and cash-filled wallet.
The victim suffered a cut to his hand and a bruise on the right side of his face.
Police arrested a 54-year-old man who they say broke into his wife’s house on McGuinness Boulevard on Nov. 27.
The woman told police that she arrived at her home between Calyer Street and Meserole Avenue at 9:30 am to find her front door and gate busted in, causing more than $200 in damage. — Danielle Furfaro