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Punk takes G train rider’s phone

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Personal electronic pursuit

A punk snatched a man’s phone out of his hand on a G train at the Bergen Street subway station on March 10 — and the victim chased the goon for seven blocks before losing him.

The vivacious victim said he was on a Church Avenue-bound G at 2:58 pm when the crook, who seemed to be about 15-years-old, grabbed his phone and darted out of the train.

The 65-year-old chased the perpetrator out of the Warren Street exit of the station, pursuing him to Court Street and all the way down to Union Street before loosing sight of him, according to police report.

Tech theft

A sneaky thief snagged a laptop from the front office of a Dumbo tech company on March 10, while a worker was in the restroom, police said.

The employee told police they left their desk near the entrance to the office on Main Street between Front and Water streets, at 12:45 pm to use the bathroom, and when they came back 15 minutes later the computer was gone.

Jewel thieves

There were two separate jewelry store thefts on March 15 and 16. Here’s how they stack up.

• Cops said a burglar broke into a jewelry store on Fulton Street sometime overnight on March 15 — and stole $3,000 worth of jewelry equipment but no jewelry.

Owners said they locked up the store at 7:30 pm on March 15, and when they opened up at 10 the next morning, they found two closets broken into and the equipment missing. Police found a bent knife at the scene, and the screws removed from a latch on the back door.

• In a separate incident on March 16, police arrested a 39-year-old man at another Fulton Street jewelry store when an employee saw him shove earrings, sunglasses, and other merchandise into his coat pockets before walking out the door, according to reports.

An employee said the crook walked into the store between Albee Square and Duffield Street at 1:33 pm and started grabbing the stuff. When they tried to stop him, he threatened them with a pipe, police said.


A burglar busted through a Smith Street eatery’s glass door and stole more than $5,000 from an automated teller machine sometime between March 11 and 12.

The owners of the restaurant between Warren and Wyckoff streets told police someone broke in through the front door and stole $5,200 frombetween 11:40 pm on March 11 and 6 am the next day.

Locker raid

Police said a thief broke into a 45-year-old man’s locker while he exercised at a gym on Livingston Street on March 14.

The unfortunate fitness buff said he went for a workout at the establishment near Bond Street at 7 pm and by the time he had finished at 8:45, someone had busted his lock and taken his wallet and watch.


A crook stuffed $1,209 worth of merchandise from a Fulton Street department store into a plastic bag before walking out the door on March 11.

The security guard at the store between Gallatin Place and Hoyt Street said the suspected shoplifter entered at 10:40 am, and left five minutes later with the goods in a bag from the same store he was ripping off.

Purse pull

Police said a mugger attacked an actress as she tried to enter a residence on State Street on March 9.

The 66-year-old told cops she was climbing the stairs to the building between Court and Clinton streets at 11 pm when the crook came up from behind and pulled her back down to the sidewalk. Then he pushed her to the ground, snatched the purse away, and took off down the street, according to cops.

The woman told police her bag contained keys, an appointment book, credit cards, a Screen Actors Guild union card, and $60 in cash.

Illicit opportunist

Cops said a goon snatched a man’s wallet from inside an unlocked vehicle parked on Nevins Street on March 14.

The 59-year-old owner said he parked his car between Dean and Pacific streets at 5 am, and when he returned at 5:48 pm the wallet was gone.


A would-be robber got more than he bargained for when a Henry Street woman fought him off as he tried to snatch her phone on March 13.

She told police she was leaving her apartment between Joralemon and State streets at 11 pm when the marauder came up and grabbed her arm, trying to get her phone out of her hand. She shook him off and he ran away, according to the police report.

— Matthew Perlman

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