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Would be purse-snatchers mace lady in broad daylight

Brooklyn Daily

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

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Cops collared a pair of punks who they say pepper-sprayed a woman and attempted to steal her purse on Fourth Avenue on Feb. 20.

The victim told police she was walking near the corner of 79th Street at 12:10 pm when the ruffians jumped out and maced her in the face. The two brutes attempted to tear away her purse, but the woman’s screams reportedly reached two cops nearby, who ran to her aid. The goons took off on foot, dodging into an alley and hopping fences, cops said. Police picked up one suspect, who they say the victim instantly identified as one of her assailants. Cops say they arrested the other fiend three days later.

Knocked up

Police picked up an alleged scaredy-cat burglar who they say tried to break into a Fifth Avenue apartment on Feb. 20, not realizing that the tenant was home.

The victim reported that the villain banged on his front door between 86th and 87th streets at 12:10 pm. The resident peered through his peephole, realized it was a stranger knocking, and decided not to answer, he said. The victim watched as the man in custody tried to force the door open and, when the tenant started shouting, the supposed would-be intruder allegedly took off — only to fall into the hands of the law shortly afterward.

Broken links

A villain invaded the catering hall at Dyker Beach Golf Course and made off with three television sets and six bottles of high-end booze, police stated. An employee told authorities that staffers locked up the 86th Street facility at 7 pm, only to return at 9 am and find someone had broken in and stolen three 52-inch flatscreens, three bottles of Hennessy, and three handles of Grey Goose vodka.

— Will Bredderman

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507.

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