Today’s news:

Bike thief busted

A free-wheeling 37-year-old was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to ride off with another man’s bike on Cheever Place.

Police were told that the victim was approaching his bike, which was left between Kane and Degraw streets, at 2:42 p.m. on October 10 when he saw Eduardo Guzman allegedly sitting on top of his two wheeler.

Guzman rode away with the bike, officials alleged. When the victim chased after him, he allegedly palmed the man’s face and shoved him aside.

Cops arrested Guzman a short time later, recovering the stolen bike and a pair of pliers, officials said.

He was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of burglar’s tools and criminal possession of stolen property.

If you’re going to start bashing up people’s cars, why not lie about who you are?

A 34-year-old thought so last week, when, after he was caught smashing a car window, found himself in deeper trouble when he gave the police a false name, officials alleged.

Officials from the 76th Precinct said that the suspect, whose true name is Luis Padilla, was apprehended at 3:30 p.m. on October 6 after he allegedly broke a motorist’s windshield under the BQE at the corner of Smith Street and Hamilton Avenue.

When he stopped Padilla, the motorist demanded that he provide some personal information for the police report and the insurance paperwork.

Padilla didn’t blink as he allegedly identified himself as 40-year-old Jose Tenerio, even after the victim told him that it was a crime to provide false information.

But Padilla was adamant, officials allege. He was Jose Tenerio. At least he was until police arrived and he gave his right name.

Police charged Padilla with criminal mischief and false impersonation.

Blame it on the thief who couldn’t drive straight: A car swipe on Fourth Avenue never got off the ground because of the crook’s poor driving skills.

Police were told that someone broke into a 1998 blue Chrysler parked near 13th Street at 6 p.m. on October 6.

The thief tried to drive off with his prize, but he ended up abandoning the vehicle after it hit another car, police said.

Cops were looking for the thief as this paper went to press.

Cops are investigating a complaint that a former disgruntled employee of a 12th Street business lined his own golden parachute.

Officials said that the employee somehow managed to get his hands on a number of business checks, put his name on them and deposit them into his own account.

It’s believed that the former employee bilked the company of $9,000 before the fraud was discovered, officials said.

A woman walked out of her home on Strong Place between Degraw and Kane streets last week to find that someone had scrawled a swastika on her front door.

Police said that the words “White Power” and a second swastika were also found carved into an adjoining building and a 2009 Honda Civic parked nearby at 9:30 a.m. on September 28.

Cops are investigating the vandalism as a bias crime.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the NYPD CrimeStoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Police are investigating a 38-year-old man’s claims that a group of young toughs knocked him unconscious during a afternoon confrontation.

The victim said that he was nearing the corner of Clinton and Baltic Streets at 2:30 p.m. when he noticed 12 to 15 youths sitting on a stoop as well as a nearby car.

While the woman in front of him avoided the situation by crossing the street, the victim decided to wade through the group.

The victim claimed that he was struck from behind as he made eye contact with one or two of them.

The next thing he remembered was waking up near his daughter’s school a few blocks away from where the attack took place.

The victim took himself to Long Island College Hospital, where police were alerted.

A 27-year-old woman was held up at gunpoint during a Saturday night jaunt along Kane Street.

The victim said that she was walking between Hicks Street and Cheever Place just before 9 p.m. on October 3 when a 25-year-old black male approached her.

The thief pulled a gun and ordered her to hand over her purse, as well asa canvas bag she was carrying.

He ultimately ran off with her cell phone, some cash and credit cards, an umbrella and a book aptly entitled “A Long Way Gone.”

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