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Knife-toting thug slashes man amid brawl

Brooklyn Daily

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Cut and run

A thug cut up a man amid a massive brawl on 88th Street on Jan. 19, police report.

The victim said the fight broke outside a restaurant near Third Avenue at 3:20. Amid the fracas, an unknown punk pulled out an unknown object and sliced the victim twice across the chest, before fleeing.

Trunk punk

A burglar busted into a car parked on 74th Street and stole two laptops from the trunk sometime overnight on Jan. 12, authorities say.

The victim said he left his vehicle alongside the curb near 12th Avenue at 3 pm, and returned the next day at 6 am — to find his passenger-side window in shards, his trunk ajar, and two MacBook laptops removed.

Burned

Cops cuffed a man who they say was trying to lift a carton of smokes from a Fourth Avenue bodega on Jan. 11.

Authorities allege the defendant illegally invaded the store between 72nd Street and Ovington Avenue at 3:46 am and picked up the box of cigarettes — but was thwarted when a police vehicle on routine patrol cruised by and the officers got out to investigate. They slapped the cuffs on the suspect before he could flee.

Hot item

A con artist posing as a furnace inspector swiped $300 from a 72nd Street home on Jan. 15, according to cops.

The victim told police that the swindler knocked on his door between Sixth and Stewart avenues at noon, and told him he had to check the heating system. The victim led the imposter into his basement, where the grifter glanced over the furnace and informed the homeowner that it needed $2,500 in repairs.

The schemer then asked to use the bathroom — but instead headed to the bedroom, where he found and took $300 in cash. The scammer scrammed before the victim could stop him.

Vacated

A burglar stole thousands in jewelry from a Ridge Boulevard home sometime between Dec. 30 and Jan. 12, while the homeowner was on vacation, police state.

The victim told cops she took off from her apartment on 72nd Street at 6 pm, and returned 13 days later at 3 pm to discover her door locks broken and her jewels missing.

— Will Bredderman

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507.

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