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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Headlock at the deli

Cops cuffed one of two men who they say grabbed a man and put him in a headlock in front of a York Street convenience store on Jan. 28, police said.

The victim was in front of the store between Bridge and Gold streets around 6:30 pm when the two grabbed him and told him, “Don’t move or I’ll beat you up,” cops said.

Cops arrested one of the men, finding a bag of marijuana in his sneaker, but the other guy got away, according to the police report. The victim told cops he was out $9 and a set of keys.

Lifted in the library

A thief swiped a student’s wallet from the College of Technology library on Jay Street Jan. 24, cops said.

The victim left his wallet unattended at a table in the library, which is in a building between Johnson and Tillary streets, around 3:15 pm. When he returned the billfold was missing, according to police. The victim said he lost credit cards, a debit card, and his identification.

Watch your watch

Cops said a thug with a penchant for fine time pieces tried to make off with a man’s $16,000 watch on Duffield Street on Feb. 1.

A man was walking between Willoughby Street and the Fulton Mall at 10:30 pm when a goon came up from behind and punched him in the head, police said. The suspect then removed the man’s pricey Omega watch, leaving behind scratches on his wrist, according to cops.

The watch was found nearby, but the crook got away, said the police report.

Tablet taken

A thief busted in the window of an apartment on Wykoff Street while the owner was on vacation, stealing a digital drawing tablet, police said.

The victim was on vacation from Jan. 11 until Jan. 21, and returned to find the front window of his apartment between Nevins and Bond streets broken, cops said. He was missing a $300 Wacom Intous 3 pad, which police said was taken through the security bars of the busted window.

Taken for a ride

A subway supervisor had her backpack stolen from the transit office in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn train station on Jan. 16, police said.

The transit worker left her bag unattended at 11:53 pm, and returned three hours later to find her stuff missing, according to cops. She told police she lost an iPad, iPod, and some transit department paperwork. Police are looking at the 16 people with access to that office.

ConEd copper caper

Someone snuck into an underground Con Edison storage unit on Smith Street on Jan. 30, making off with a hefty chunk of copper, police said.

Five copper bars worth a total of $2,000 were discovered missing from the storage unit between Fulton and Linvingston streets, police said. It is unclear when the theft may have occurred, according to the police report.

Barbershop of horrors

Two toughs robbed a barbershop on St. Marks Place on Jan. 31, threatening customers with a knife and a gun, cops said.

Three people in the shop, between Second and Third avenues, saw the goons come in at 6:35 pm, one armed with a 9mm Smith and Wesson, the other with a silver knife, police said. They demanded cash from everyone inside and took off, the report said.

Bad night out

A bar patron’s wallet was stolen from his coat in an Atlantic Avenue watering hole on Jan. 23, according to cops.

The victim told police he left his jacket unattended near the door of the bar, between Hicks and Henry streets, from 9 pm until midnight. The missing wallet contained $60, credit, and debit cards, cops said.

Missing moola

A State Street resident lost $2,300 in cash when an envelope went missing from her apartment on Jan. 29, cops said.

The victim had a babysitter watching her kid at the home, between Sidney Place and Clinton Street, from 5:30 am until 9:10 pm, police said. The victim told police that the sitter denied taking the cash.

Train trouble

A high school student had her wallet swiped on a Court Street-bound R train Jan. 30, police said.

The girl was on the train at 10:20 am when a 25-year-old man sat down next to her, police said. The man got off at Atlantic Avenue, and when the girl got to Dekalb Avenue, she noticed the wallet was missing, according to the police report.

Troubled business

Someone swiped the cashbox from a small business on Main Street on Jan. 30, cops said.

The box containing $1,000 in cash was left overnight in the store between Front and Water streets from 7 pm until 8 am the next day, according to the report.

Bad meal

Someone swiped the stuff from a woman’s wallet at an Adams Street restaurant on Jan. 28, police said.

The woman told police she was attending an event at the restaurant, between Fulton Mall and Johnson Street, from 7:30 to 10 pm. When she left, she realized the contents of her wallet were missing, police said.

Subway roll

A villain stole eight grand worth of jewelry from a sleeping woman on a subway car on Feb. 1, cops said.

The woman told police she was intoxicated and fell asleep on the subway around 1 am. She woke up two hours later and walked to her home on Hoyt Street between Wykoff and Bergen streets. When she got in she realized she was missing her earrings and other jewelry, police said.

Another bad ride

A thief stole a Coach wallet and cash from a woman on an Manhattan-bound B train on Jan. 31, cops said.

The woman was riding at 8:45 am, and noticed her wallet was missing at the Grand Street station.


A bodega manager hit a man in the face with a can of whipped cream on Jan. 28, as he tried to breakup a fight in a Third Avenue deli, cops said.

The man tried to intervene in an altercation between a customer and a manager at the store between State Street and Atlantic Avenue at 4:45 pm, police said. The manager chucked a can of Reddi-Wip, which struck the victim in the face, leaving him with a black eye and a loose tooth, according to the police report. The manager was arrested, cops said.

Road rage

Police arrested a man who they say whacked a man’s head with a camera during an argument over a traffic accident on Adams Street on Feb. 1.

The victim told police he and the defendant got into a smash-up near Tillary Street around 12:30 am and started arguing. The guy smacked him with a camera over the head, leaving the victim with a cut, police said.

— Matthew Perlman

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