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Cops: Man steals beer from bodega with a stolen gun

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Beer baron

Authorities arrested a 34-year-old who they say stole beer from a Classon Avenue deli after threatening the clerk with a gun wrapped in a purple bandana on June 12.

The deli worker told cops he was in the store between Putnam and gates avenues at 7:45 am when a punk came in and placed a handgun wrapped in a purple bandana on the counter. The guy went over to the refrigerated case, grabbed three beers and left without paying, according to a police report.

Cops responded to a call from the clerk and found the suspect near the front of the store, the report says. Police arrested him after they searched him and found a stolen Beretta from Saint Louis wrapped in a bandana tucked into his front pocket, according to police.

Electric larceny

Someone stole 35 electronic tablets from the basement of a Park Avenue school sometime between April 1 and June 10.

An employee at the establishment between N. Portland Avenue and N. Oxford Street told cops the devices were put in the basement at 8 am on April 1, and that when he went to check on them at 8:45 am on June 10, they were gone.

The school said the tablets were worth $13,405, according to a police report. Three people have access to the basement room, but three sets of keys for that room are also missing, the report says.


Cops cuffed two teens who they say snatched a phone out of a woman’s hand on DeKalb Avenue on June 10.

The unlucky lady told cops she was walking between S. Oxford and Cumberland streets at 8:48 pm when two teens ran up and tried to grab her phone. After working together to wrench the device from her hand, the adolescents ran on DeKalb to Carlton Avenue and into a building on Carlton between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, cops said.

Authorities cuffed the 16- and 17-year-olds two days later on the corner of Willoughby and Carlton avenues, a police report said.


A 51-year-old was arrested for his part in robbing and pistol whipping a man in his own Whitman Houses apartment on June 13, cops said.

The 32-year-old victim said three guy came in his apartment on N. Oxford Walk between Myrtle and Park avenues at 3:35 pm. One of the guys hit him in the face with a handgun, and the others took $1,100 from his pockets, cops said.

Bad hand

Police arrested a 31-year-old man after a card game went wrong inside the Ingersoll Houses on June 11.

The guy was drinking and playing cards in the building on Navy Walk between Myrtle and Park avenues at 2 am, according to a police report.

He asked a 30-year-old man who got up to leave if he had a problem with him, before abruptly punching the guy in his ribs, the report says.

Vicious home visit

Cops took a 36-year-old man into custody after he allegedly attacked an Administration for Children Services worker who was conducting a routine home visit inside the Whitman Houses on June 13.

The 59-year-old case worker told police she was conducting her regular visit at the apartment on Cumberland Walk between Murtle and Park avenues at 5:15 pm when the man grabbed her around the neck with both hands and started choking her.

Authorities arrived, took the case worker to Brooklyn Hospital Center, and arrested the suspect, according to a police report.

Sneak stopped

Police picked up a 56-year-old man who they say was sneaking around a building on Carlton Avenue on June 9.

A 48-year-old resident of the building between Greene and Lafayette avenues told cops she heard the guy come in at 2:05 am, and went to check it out, cops said.

She saw the suspect creeping around on the second floor, and when he noticed her watching he got scared and ran outside, according to a police report. Cops arrested him a few minutes later in front of the building, the report says.

Green robbery

A menace snagged a woman’s phone right out of her hand while she sat in Fort Greene Park on June 9.

The victim told cops she was sitting near the entrance to the park on Washington Park and Willoughby Avenue at 6:30 pm when the bandit grabbed her phone and ran towards Myrtle Avenue.

CitiBike joy ride

Cops cuffed a 15-year-old who they say stole a bike from a CitiBike station on S. Portland Avenue on June 9.

The officer reportedly saw the kid dislodge the bike from its docking station near Hanson Place at 10 pm.

When the cop tried to stop him, the kid took off on the bike, the report says. Cops caught the kid a half block away on S. Portland Avenue, police said.

Double trouble

Two women reported their purses stolen from the same Lafayette Avenue restaurant on June 12.

The first woman, a 26-year-old, told police she was in the restaurant between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street at 8 pm. She left her purse on a chair while she used the bathroom, and when she returned the pocketbook was gone, police said. The bag contained $1,090 in cash, a credit card, and her pay check, according to a police report.

The second lady, 33-years-old, said she sat down to eat at the restaurant at 7:15 pm, and left her purse hanging from the back of the chair. When she got up to pay the bill at 9 pm, she noticed the bag gone, cops said. She told authorities it contained $140 in cash, a cellphone, a book, and credit cards.

Not so slick

Cops cuffed a 15-year-old who they say tried to steal some sneakers from another teen on Gates Avenue on June 14.

The 14-year-old victim said he was at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue at 4 pm when the kid grabbed the sneakers out of his hands and took off running.

Cops caught the kid when he tripped and fell between Flushing and Park avenues, according to a police report.

— Matthew Perlman

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