A woman spending Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia wasn’t in a very thankful mood when she learned that someone had broken into her Degraw Street apartment.
Police said that the woman received a call while she was down south between November 25 and November 28 about a large number of curious credit card purchases she had made.
The woman didn’t know what to think, until she remembered that the cards in question were sitting in a drawer in her apartment.
She immediately called a neighbor with a key who confirmed the worst: someone had broken into her home.
But the credit cards weren’t the only thing taken, cops were told. Her 46-inch television, as well as some heirloom jewelry, was also missing.
Police estimate that the thief entered the home by forcing open a back window.
Two alleged grease monkeys were caught bringing auto stripping to a whole new level last week.
Police alleged that Victor Centeno and Mario Cubas, both 27, weren’t happy with simply swiping tires, car doors and bumpers.
The two men were grabbed up for allegedly trying to rip the undercarriage of a car from a vehicle parked on President Street between Clinton and Court streets, officials said.
They also had the temerity to do their alleged work in broad daylight %u2013 at 12:39 p.m. on November 24, to be exact.
Cops said that they were called to President Street after receiving a call of a man stripping a car.
When they arrived at the scene they allegedly found Centeno and Cubas basically gutting a vehicle -- reportedly using a saw to free a muffler and catalytic converter under the car, officials said.
Both were charged with auto stripping, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of burglars’ tools and petit larceny.
To make matters worse, one of the men was caught driving on a suspended license, officials said.
A 23-year-old woman received a face full of mace as she fought off a loan shark on Henry Street last week.
Officials said that the woman was inside a building between West 9th and Huntington streets when 24-year-old Davida Evans allegedly approached demanding the money she was owed.
When the two started arguing, Evans flashed a canister of mace and sprayed it at the victim, temporarily blinding her, police alleged.
Evans allegedly ran off with the young woman’s cell phone, said police from the 76th Precinct, who caught up with and arrested the suspect a short time later.
Eating pizza can be habit forming.
For James Morales, stealing from the House of Pizza and Calzone on Union Street was a habit even harder to break, police alleged.
Police allege that Morales, who used to work for the popular eatery near Hicks Street, had broken into the restaurant on November 10 and removed a small amount of cash left in the register.
Cops caught up with Morales on November 25, after he made another attempt to break into the pizza shop, officials alleged.
Police Officer Anna Carrasco of the 76th Precinct Conditions Unit was credited with the arrest.
A thief found several credit cards to purchase furniture on %u2013 interest free %u2013 after he swiped a woman’s handbag at the Red Hook Ikea last week.
The 29-year-old victim told police that she was shopping at the furniture mega store on Beard Street just before 4:30 p.m. on November 28 when she and her child decided to dine in the Ikea food court.
She said she put her bag on a table as she played with her child for a few minutes. When she returned to the table her $1,500 Chanel bag, as well the $400 and variety of credit and debit cards inside, was gone.
Police are looking for the booted boob who kicked in the door to a Hicks Street home, but then ran off without taking anything.
The 57-year-old homeowner said that she left her home at the corner of Degraw Street at 9:50 a.m. on November 24, but returned just ten minutes later.
When she did so, she discovered that someone had kicked in the door %u2013 damaging it in the process %u2013 although nothing seemed missing.
A teacher at the Cobble Hill School of Studies, 347 Baltic Street, has a classroom of suspects in the case of her missing wallet.
The woman told police that she was teaching on November 18 when she had to leave her classroom for a minute.
When she returned, she found her coat on the floor. Her pocketbook was open; her wallet and credit cards missing.
Cops said that they did not learn of the theft until November 23.
Cops are looking for two “hoods” responsible for mugging a 30-year-old on West 9th Street last week.
The victim said that he was near Columbia Street at 10:15 p.m. on November 19 when he was stopped by two men. One was sporting a navy blue hooded sweatshirt. The other wore a tan colored hooded sweatshirt, officials said.
“Give it to me,” one of the thieves demanded as he struck the 30-year-old across the head with the butt of his handgun.
Police said the thieves ran off with a canvas bag containing a laptop computer, a few textbooks, iPod and video camera.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 76th Precinct at (718) 834-3211. All calls will be kept confidential.
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