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Crook hauls off man’s U-Haul contents

Brooklyn Daily

88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Huge haul

Someone emptied out the U-Haul a man left parked on Park Avenue under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway between March 30 and 31.

The victim told cops he parked the rented truck between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi streets at 11:30 am, and when he returned at 1:15 the next afternoon the back gate was open and the truck was empty. The victim told cops the truck had multiple television sets, a tablet, a laptop, some clothes, and Rolex watch. He said the stuff was worth $50,300, according to the report.

Almost home

A punk put a 25-year-old man in a choke-hold and stole his wallet on Park Avenue on April 2, according to cops.

The victim told authorities he was near Carlton Avenue, walking home from a bar, at 1:30 am when the thug snuck up behind him, grabbed him around the neck, and snatched his wallet from his pocket. He said the wallet had $80 in cash, plus debit and credit cards.

Stolen sweatpants

Police said a group of guys stole $490 worth of clothing from a Fulton Street store on April 5.

Owners of the shop between Rockwell Place and Hudson Avenue said the gang came in at 11:28 am and started grabbing the merchandise — including sweatshirts, sweatpants, and Burberry T-shirts, according to the police report.

When an employee tried to stop them from leaving, one of the guys punched him in the face and spit on him, cops said. Another of the guys tried to open the cash register during the melee, police said.

The very hungry criminal

A famished goon robbed a 36-year-old Chinese food delivery guy on Lefferts Place on April 6, police said.

The worker was trying to make a delivery between Grand and Classon avenues at 9:25 pm when a punk snagged his food and $47, the victim told cops. Then, the hungry criminal fled into a nearby building, he said.


Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for fighting with officers after they caught her beating a fare in the Nevins Street subway station on April 5.

Cops saw the woman duck under a turnstile at 12:55 pm, inside the station that sits on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Streets, according to the report. When they approached her, she became agitated and refused to take her hands out of her pockets, police said.

The officers tried to put her in cuffs and she fought back, punching one of the cops in the face, the report said.

Bike robbery

A 37-year-old Clermont Avenue woman told cops a bandit stole her bike out of her hallway on March 31 — and took a second bike out of her basement but left it behind.

She said she went to sleep at 12:05 am, in the apartment between Dekalb and Willoughby avenues, and woke up to find the one bike gone, and the other one where it shouldn’t be.

Grand spree

Cops cuffed a 32-year-old man who they say hit two Grand Avenue homes on April 1 and 3, and charged him with two burglaries.

He struck an apartment between Putnam and Gates avenues at 9:18 pm on April 1, police said. They said the suspect broke down the front door before the 31-year-old resident noticed and went to check out the commotion. The victim told police he saw the guy trying to steal his bike, but when the suspect saw him, he took off.

Then, on April 3 at 11:20 am, police said the same suspect broke into a house between Gates and Lexington avenues. The victim said she was on the top floor of the house when she heard a loud bang and came down to check it out, according to the police report. She found her bag on the floor with $200 missing, and saw the suspect flee down the street on a bike.

Cops picked him up later that day at 1:45 pm.

Car break-in

Someone busted into a car parked near the corner of Willoughby and Fleet streets on April 1, making off with some exercise DVDs, a portable music player, some clothes, and a checkbook.

The 47-year-old victim told police she parked the car at 2:45 pm, and when she returned at 4 pm her rear passenger-side window was smashed, and a bag was missing from inside the car.

Not so fast

Cops caught a teen who they say snagged a 23-year-old woman’s cellphone on S. Portland Avenue on on April 3.

The victim told cops she was near Dekalb Avenue at 3:40 pm when the 17-year-old snatched her phone from her hand, and tried to run. But police caught him before he could get very far and arrested him, according to the report.

— Matthew Perlman

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