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61st precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Manhattan Beach—Gravesend—Homecrest

Machete maniac

A man attacked a woman with a machete during a Dec. 30 purse grab on Avenue S, police say.

The victim was nearing Coney Island Avenue at 10:30 pm when the suspect attacked, punching her in the head and cutting her index finger with his weapon.

The suspect ran off with the woman’s purse, but didn’t get far cops cornered him a short time later, charging him with robbery.

Seafood snag

A thief broke into Hania Seafood on Gerritsen Avenue on Dec. 30, taking over $25,000 in shrimp and lobster tails.

Workers at the store between Devon and Everett avenues say someone cut the front locks to the security gates sometime after closing at 5:30 pm. The theft wasn’t discovered until the next day.

Home raided

A thief broke into a McDonald Avenue home on Dec. 28, taking $500 and an assortment of medication.

The 71-year-old homeowner told police that he left his home between Quentin Road and Kings Highway at 8 am. When he returned at 11 pm that night, he learned that someone forced open his side window. Whoever did it stood on a bucket which was found outside in order to get in, police say.

Airbag swipe

A thug broke into a 2010 Infiniti parked on Emmons Avenue on Dec. 27, taking an airbag.

The car’s owner left the luxury vehicle sitting near Bedford Avenue at 10 pm. When he returned to it the following morning, the passenger side window was broken and the airbag was gone.

Texting hate

A hate-filled goon has been threatening a Sheepshead Bay resident with anti-Islamic text messages, police say.

The victim, whose name was not released, told police that he received several texts on his cellphone on Dec. 28, reading, “Mohammed married a 9-year-old girl, you probably did the same,” and, “You Muslims breed like mice, you immigrants get out of our country.”

Cops were still trying to track the hate-texter down by Monday evening.

Tire stab

A goon punctured a 50-year-old woman’s tires while she shopped ay an Emmons Avenue store on Dec. 29.

The woman had parked her 2011 Mercedes Benz near Ocean Avenue at 5 pm. When she returned to her vehicle a half hour later, her tires had been deflated.

Gunning for cash

Police arrested two men they say performed a Dec. 30 gunpoint robbery on Moore Place.

The victim was approaching E. 16th Street at 5:10 pm when the two suspects ran up, put a gun to his head, and knocked him to the ground before running off with his cash.

The thieves fled in a grey Nissan Altima, but cops caught up with the duo a short time later, charging them with robbery.

Bailing out

A motorist caught driving recklessly along Coney Island Avenue led police on a crazed chase on Dec. 29 then bailed out of his vehicle before cops could grab him.

Cops saw the 2006 Infiniti charging towards Avenue P, nearly hitting pedestrians, at about 7:15 pm.

But when the officers finally managed to pull the wayward motorist over, he jumped out of the car and ran off, leaving his wheels behind.

Walking right in

A goon with a knife held up a 44-year-old woman in her Van Sicklen Street apartment on Dec. 31.

The victim told police that the suspect came to her door near Avenue W just after midnight, claiming that he lived in an upstairs apartment and needed to use the bathroom.

A few minutes later, he flashed a knife, taking several pieces of jewelry from the woman before running off.

Palace pinch

A thief made off with a woman’s purse during a celebration at the Orion Palace Restaurant on Shell Road.

The victim was partying in the eatery near Avenue X at 1:15 am when she went up to dance. When she returned a few minutes later, her purse, which contained her iPhone, cash and credit cards, was missing.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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