Today’s news:

Laptop looting

Thirty-two mini laptop computers were swiped from I.S. 259, the William McKinley school, in what police described as a well-thought-out heist.

Police were told that someone entered the school between October 26 and October 29 knowing that the building at 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway was under construction.

It’s believed that the thief managed to climb up to a rooftop, knowing that the door was only duct-taped shut. It was unclear if he had duct taped the door earlier in the day or the thief knew someone else had done so.

Once inside the building, the thief broke into a fourth-floor room where the 32 laptops were taken. The greedy thief tried to get a 33rd laptop computer from another room, but was unable to get inside, police were told.

He then exited from the roof, returning the duct tape to where he found it.

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

Calls can be made to the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Cops are investigating two recent burglaries in which thieves scaled fire escapes to get to their victim’s homes.

A sixth-floor resident of a Shore Road building near 88th Street told police that someone entered his apartment between 7 am and 11 am on October 27, after taking advantage to an unlocked fire escape window.

Officials were told that one gold diamond ring and two Timex watches were removed from the home.

The day before the above incident a thief broke into a fourth-floor apartment on 64th Street, taking a host of items belonging to a 32-year-old tenant, including a piggy bank.

The tenant said that he left for work his apartment at 6:30 am.

At 5:30 pm that evening he returned, only to learn that someone had pinched several pieces of gold jewelry, as well as a PlayStation game console, a Bulova watch and the piggy bank.

Cops later determined that the thief entered the home through the fire escape window, but needed a crowbar to force the latch.

Cops have arrested an 18-year-old hooligan who allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck during a brutish mugging on 79th Street.

Police were told that the 46-year-old victim had just left a nearby subway station and was nearing 15th Avenue at 7:45 pm October 28 when Nahiyan Ahmed allegedly stopped her in her tracks.

With his fingers squeezing her neck, Ahmed snagged the woman’s purse and ran off, leaving her with an injury to her head and wrist, police alleged.

Cops caught up with Ahmed a short time later, charging him with robbery and assault.

A 37-year-old woman returned to her 73rd Street apartment last week to find her bed stripped of its sheets and several electronics and personal documents missing.

The woman said that she left her home near Seventh Avenue at 10 am on October 28. She returned about five hours later and found her door pushed open. Her doorjamb had been damaged, she told police.

Cops said that $5,000, three Albanian passports, birth certificate, video camera, a laptop computer and some tax forms were also missing.

It was unclear if the thief left through the door, which was left damaged, or a bedroom window found open as this paper went to press.

These days cars aren’t even safe in their own driveways.

Cops from the 68th Precinct said this week that a brazen thief rifled through a 51-year-old woman’s Honda Odyssey as it sat in her driveway -- just steps from her front door.

The 96th Street resident said someone entered the car left near Marine Avenue sometime between 7:30 pm on October 27 and noon the next day.

Once he got over the initial jitters of breaking into a car so close to the owner’s home the break-in was a breeze, cops were informed. The owner said that she had left the car unlocked, probably believing that her Honda was safe and sound in the driveway.

Police said that two gold watches, two silver watches, a Sirius radio, a radar detector, a pair of binoculars and about $20 in quarters were.

A 25-year-old thief was arrested after he was allegedly spotted breaking into a home on Bay Ridge Avenue.

Officials said that Vincent Criscuolo allegedly entered the home near 14th Avenue at 12:30 pm on October 29, but fled the place empty-handed.

Alerted police officers nabbed Criscuolo after a search of the area. Cops allegedly found a tote bag he used to cart his stolen swag around in his back pocket.

A 13-year-old area boy is having a trouble with cell phone-grabbing bullies.

The victim said that he was playing football with friends at a schoolyard on 16th Avenue near 65th Street at 2:50 pm on October 29 when an older kid pushed him from behind.

When the teen hit the concrete, the older punk snatched the cell phone from his hand and ran off with it, officials said, adding this was not the first time that this particular child had to call police.

The victim reminded them that he was robbed three weeks earlier. That time, a classmate he was having a problem with followed him home and robbed him of his property, he explained.

Cops were investigating both incidents.

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