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A sticky-fingered thief was arrested last week when he was caught swiping cash from a table at Bartadac.

A worker from the restaurant, located on Smith Street near Dean Street, said 47-year-old Thierry Ruffin walked into the restaurant at 3 p.m. on September 1 and grabbed a small black booklet that contained some cash from a paid bill.

The worker stopped Ruffin and called police, who charged him with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Slasher busted

Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with a brutal slashing on Duffield and Willougby streets last week.

Police said that Elleggua Elufe approached a stranger just before 1 p.m. on August 28, pulled a knife and demanded that his victim hand over his property.

He then lunged at the male – cutting both the man’s neck and finger – before running off with his cash.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in stable condition after receiving a number of stitches.

Cops caught up with Elufe a short time later, charging him with assault, menacing, petit larceny, grand larceny, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Promenade punks

A pair of punks are being sought for robbing a woman on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade recently.

The victim said that she and a friend were sitting on a bench on the Promenade near Pierrepont Street at 11:30 p.m. on August 17 when the bold suspects approached and told them exactly what they were going to do.

“I hope you know we’re stealing your purse,” they reportedly said, before grabbing the woman’s bag and running off with it.

The woman said that her cell phone fell out of the bag as they ran off, but everything else in her purse was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.

Target-ing shoplifters

Police were called to the Target at the Atlantic Center Mall, 139 Flatbush Avenue, this past Labor Day after security guards caught a very greedy sticky-fingered thief.

Prosecutors allege that 19-year-old Danny Jones was caught trying to leave the store with a litany of items including 48 CDs, 20 DVDs, three game controllers, a can opener, a knife, a camcorder, a digital camera, a Motorola cell phone, a memory card and a pair of headphones.

He was nabbed as he tried to flee the store with a shopping cart teeming with the stolen items.

Store officials estimated that if he had fled the store, Jones would have taken more than $1,000 worth of property with him.

Cops charged Jones with petit larceny, grand larceny and multiple counts of criminal possession of stolen property.

Cooling off

A thief broke into a home on Clinton Street near Warren Street last week after he pushed in an air conditioner sticking out of the apartment window.

The tenant told police that someone shoved the air conditioner inside the apartment and crawled through the opening he had made sometime on August 22.

The burglar then ran off with a laptop computer and a digital camera, the 42-year-old victim said.

Credit woes

A 69-year-old Third Avenue resident told police that someone used her social security information to open a credit card account that was used to ring up over $4,000 in charges.

The woman, who lives near Warren Street, told police she learned that she was a victim of identity theft just recently, although her social security card number had been compromised in early August.

Cops were looking into the woman’s claims as this paper went to press.

Cell phone swipe

A Brooklyn straphanger told police last week that someone made off with his cell phone as he snoozed on a southbound N train rumbling through downtown Brooklyn.

The 29-year-old told police that he got on the N train at the Pacific Street station at 1 a.m. on August 23.

He fell asleep as soon as he sat down. When the train reached the 9th Street station at Fourth Avenue, he woke up, only to find that his cell phone was missing.

Cruel clientele

Police are continuing their search for the assailant who killed a one-legged street walker last month after striking her in the head and knocking her out of her wheelchair.

Police said that they were called to 272 Wyckoff Street near Nevins Street at 11 a.m. on August 21 to find 38-year-old Elizabeth Acevedo lying unconscious in a 13th floor hallway.

She was rushed to Long Island College Hospital, where she was listed as brain dead and put on a respirator.

Family members had her removed from life support Friday morning, officials said.

Investigators believe that Acevedo was struck in the head with a heavy object. The strike knocked her head into a hallway wall, where she suffered further injuries.

According to police and published reports, it’s believed that Acevedo, who lost her leg in a train accident but wore a prosthetic, may have been arguing with a client when she was attacked.

Her criminal record is littered with repeated arrests for prostitution, officials said.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to people with information regarding graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Cumberland St. brawl

Two men were arrested after they were caught warring with each other inside a Cumberland Street building near Lafayette Avenue.

Cops from the 88th Precinct told prosecutors that they arrested both men in the brawl – one of whom was stabbed in the stomach during the violent struggle.

Witnesses said that 60-year-old James Candelaria and 23-year-old Pedro Rosado were arguing inside the building just after the midnight on August 30 when the two allegedly lashed out at each other.

Prosecutors alleged that Candelaria stabbed the Rosado in the stomach, leaving him with a puncture wound.

Rosado, in turn, allegedly grabbed Candelaria and began punching him in the head and body, leaving him with a fractured eye socket requiring surgery, a cut lip requiring stitches as well as some additional swelling, bleeding and trauma.

Cops charged both men with assault, menacing and harassment.

Shooting rocks corner

Police are still trying to track down the people responsible for a disturbing shooting at the corner of Grand and Putnam avenues recently.

Police said that the victim had just gotten into a livery cab at the corner at 7:30 p.m. on August 21 when someone opened fire.

The bullets flew through the cab’s open window and struck the victim in both the arm and the leg.

He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 88th Precinct at (718) 636-6511. All calls will be kept confidential.

Help find him

Police are turning to area residents in their search for a 71-year-old Alzheimer’s victim who came to the borough to visit his son, and disappeared.

Police said that New Jersey resident Norman Wright, visited his son in nearby Crown Heights on August 30 and hasn’t been seen since.

Wright is described as a 5’9” 155-pound black male with a gray hair and beard.

He was last seen wearing a tan dress shirt, blue jeans and black boots.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Chair accessories

An unscrupulous thief helped himself to a wheelchair-bound man’s wallet and cell phone as the victim’s wife helped him get inside his Clinton Avenue home recently.

The victim said that he had left the items in a backpack hanging off his wheelchair as his wife assisted him inside his home, located between DeKalb and Willoughby avenues at 1 p.m. on August 19.

That’s when the free-wheeling thief snuck over to the chair, unzipped the backpack and removed the property before the victim’s wife could go back outside and retrieve his wheels.

Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.

DWI death

A 23-year-old motorist caught was arrested on drunk driving charges last week when her reckless actions led to the death of a 43-year-old man on Metropolitan Avenue, officials allege.

Police from the 90th Precinct said that they were called to Metropolitan Avenue between Morgan Avenue and Vanderbilt Street just before 2 a.m. on August 28 after a 1999 Nissan slammed into an unidentified male.

Witnesses said that the Nissan was driving westbound on Metropolitan Avenue when it hit the male, who was trying to cross the street at the time.

The woman behind the wheel, identified as Devoe Street resident Monika Bryniarska, remained at the scene, but was taken into custody after police determined that she had allegedly been drinking before getting into her car.

Updated 3:43 pm, October 19, 2011
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