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Livery looting

A livery cab driver was robbed of his property as he took two passengers through East Flatbush last week.

Police said that the cab was at the corner of Rutland Road and East 92nd Street at 1:35 a.m. on October 21 when the two passengers produced a handgun.

The thugs robbed the victim of his cash, cell phone and GPS system and ran into the night.

Responding officers managed to arrest one of the alleged thieves a short time later, police said.

The man, identified in reports as 18-year-old Oliver Case, was charged with robbery in the first degree, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

His accomplice was still at large as this paper went to press.

A livery cab driver suffered a split lip during an argument with another motorist last week, police from the 67th Precinct said.

Cops were called to the corner of Utica and Church avenues at 4:10 a.m. on October 22 where they found the cabbie allegedly arguing with 22-year-old Khalfani Gourick.

The cabbie claimed that he was having words with Gourick when the young man allegedly punched him in the face.

Gourick was taken into custody, charged with assault in the third degree, menacing and harassment.

It was unclear what the two men were arguing about as this paper went to press.

A 37-year-old was arrested in East Flatbush last week when a disagreement between business associates led to a prank with expensive consequences, police alleged.

Kirk McLean was charged with criminal mischief on October 24 after it was learned that he had damaged a colleague’s van by pouring sugar in the gas tank, police alleged.

Cops were told that McLean borrowed the 2002 van back on September 10. The victim said he told McLean to return the van to a repair shop on Utica Avenue near Beverley Road when he was done.

McLean did so, leaving something a little stronger %u2013 and stickier %u2013 than premium gasoline in the tank, officials allege.

The victim had to spend more than $1,000 to get all of that sugary sweetness from the engine and the oil pump, officials were told.

This is taking the popular federal stimulus program a bit too far.

A 35-year-old alleged car thief was arrested last week for swiping cars from across the borough and cashing them in at Canarsie junk yard.

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office charge that Paul Rao took two cars from Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush back in June.

Both vehicles ended up at Plakos Scrap Processing on East 95th Street near Avenue D with forged paperwork that identified as the owner of the two vehicles.

Officials allege that a 1995 Lincoln Town Car was plucked from where it was parked at the corner of Avenue V and East 21 sometime between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. on June 7.

Just before noon that day, Rao allegedly took the Lincoln Town Car to Plakos Scrap Processing, filled out a statement of ownership, had a photocopy of his driver’s license taken for their records, and had the vehicle crushed.

Prosecutors said that Rao returned to the crusher on June 25 with a 1993 Toyota Corolla that was allegedly taken from McDonald Avenue near Caton Avenue two days earlier.

Once again, workers at Plakos had the appropriate paperwork, identifying Rao as the owner of the vehicle.

Cops arrested Rao earlier this week, charging him with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Cops from the 70th Precinct finally delivered on a promise to arrest an 18-year-old allegedly responsible for holding up a delivery man dropping off an order on Newkirk Avenue last month.

The victim told police that he was bringing the order into a building near 18th Avenue at 1 a.m. on September 18 when suspect Jaquan Paul allegedly pulled a gun on him.

Paul pistol-whipped and beat the delivery man before running off with his cash and bicycle, officials alleged.

Cops caught up with Paul after a month-long investigation, charging him with robbery on October 20, according to officials.

A heated argument on East 49th Street in East Flatbush ended in a man’s death when a gun was thrown into the mix.

Cops said that they were called to an address near Snyder Avenue at 6:04 p.m. on October 17 when they found a 56-year-old man lying on the street.

The victim, who was later identified as Charles Bulze, had been shot twice in the torso. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police said that Bulze was gunned down in front of his house during an argument with another man.

As of this writing, cops didn’t have a suspect or a motive.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

One man was killed and another seriously wounded following a bloody knife fight on Avenue D.

Police said that an argument inside a restaurant near East 51st Street led to the bloodshed, although the person responsible remained at large as of this writing.

Officials said that cops were called to the corner at 6 a.m. on October 18 on a report of a knife fight in progress at the Smooth Taste Restaurant and Juice Bar. The fight reportedly began in the store and spilled out into the street.

When they arrived, they found 25-year-old Ricky Lewis of Gates Avenue and a 24-year-old suffering from deep cuts to their necks.

Both men were taken to Kings County Hospital where Lewis died of his wounds. The 24-year-old was in stable condition and reportedly on the mend.

The assailant had run off by the time police arrived.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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