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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Hot pursuit

A crook got a run for his money when he stole a woman’s phone on Gold Street on May 6 — and she chased him into a building and up to the roof.

The 26-year-old victim told police she was texting while walking between Johnson and Tillary streets at 1:15 pm. A punk snatched the phone right out of her hand and took off running, according to a police report.

The woman chased him into the Ingersoll Housing complex on Prince Street, and into a building on Fleet Walk, the report says. She kept chasing the guy up to the fifth floor, where she grabbed him by his hooded sweatshirt and started screaming for help, cops said. But the guy shook her off, ran up the roof, and got away, police said.

Phone snatching

A thug threatened a man for his phone on Schermerhorn Street on May 5.

The victim told police he was walking between Smith and Hoyt streets at 2:40 pm when a tough guy came up to him and said, “Give me your phone, or I’m going to beat you up.”

The victim forked over the phone and the thief took off, cops said.

Resourceful burglar

A cat burglar climbed his way into an apartment on Hicks Street in the middle of the day on May 6, and made off with a laptop.

The nimble intruder got on the roof of a building between Orange and Pineapple streets at 1:10 pm and tried to open the door of an adjoining roof, police said.

When he was unable to get it open, he climbed down the fire escape and entered the apartment of a 31-year-old woman through the kitchen window, according to a police report. He grabbed a laptop and ran out of the door, it says.

Expensive mistake

Someone swiped more than $3,000 out of a woman’s purse when she accidentally left it in the bathroom of a Henry Street day care center on May 6.

She said she used the restroom in the kid corral between Montague and Pierrepont streets at 11:20 am and forgot her pink purse. She went back for it at 12:10 pm, and found it stuffed in the garbage can, cops said.

Someone had removed the $3,420 in cash from her wallet and some envelopes that were in the bag, police said.

Cool-headed caseworker

An irate man tried to force his mother into forking over her bank card inside her Warren Street apartment on May 6 — but the caseworker visiting her was able to stop him, cops reported.

The caseworker was meeting with the 56-year-old woman at her home between Third and Fourth avenues at 3:55 pm when the woman’s son came in and demanded her debit card, according to a police report. The woman refused and the 32-year-old son grew irate, ripping open the woman’s house dress and removing a wallet from her bra, the report says.

The card was not inside and the son got angrier, but the caseworker was able to convince him to give his old lady back her wallet, cops said. The son was not arrested.

Cash machine caper

Someone smashed open an Atlantic Avenue cash machine on May 7 and made off with $12,400.

Police say a crook cracked open the money dispenser between Smith and Hoyt streets at 11:55 pm.

Business burglary

A thief stole the safe of a Schermerhorn Street restaurant on May 9 — getting away with $8,500 in cash.

A 50-year-old employee said someone locked up the store between Smith and Hoyt streets at 10:30 pm on May 8, and that when he came in at 7 am the next day the safe was gone.

Fooling the old

A schemer stole $50,000 from a 78-year-old Brooklyn Heights resident with fraudulent bank transactions made on May 11.

The senior, who lives on Montague between Hicks and Henry Streets, said the transactions were made between 9 am and 4 pm.

Stolen wheels

Someone snagged a motorcycle parked on Bridge Street sometime between May 8 and 11, cop said.

The 29-year-old biker said he parked his Yamaha near the corner of Frost Street at 5 pm on May 8, and when he returned at the same time three days later, the chopper was gone.

— Matthew Perlman

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