A robber fooled a senior citizen by pretending to be a plumber so that he could steal cash and jewelry from a 12th avenue home.
The elderly victim told cops that a 5-foot-4 white guy with brown hair came to his home, which is between 73rd and 72nd streets, and said he had to fix a water leak. The trusting older gentleman welcomed the perp, who left the house at around 3 pm with $100, three rings and a watch.
Six thugs stole a cellphone and cash from a 16-year-old kid on Fifth Avenue on Sept. 17.
The teenage victim told cops that he was near 79th Street at around 10 pm when the group of robbers surrounded him, demanding that he hand over his stuff.
At least four houses were broken into last week. Here are the frustrating details:
• A slick bandit slipped through a first-floor window on Sixth Avenue to steal a laptop on Sept. 20. The victim told cops that she was napping in her home, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, at around 1:30 pm when the perp entered and did his dirty deed.
• Some shady party guests stole $6,800 from their host’s 85th Street apartment overnight on Sept. 19. The victim told cops that she does not know who took the dough from her crib, which is between 10th and 11th avenues.
• A thief stole a cellphone, watch and radio from a Sixth Avenue apartment on Sept. 20. The victim told cops that he left his home, which is between 10th and 11th avenues, at around 7:15 am and returned at 8:30 pm to find his stuff swiped. Cops say that the perp entered through the front window.
• A video game-loving burglar stole an Xbox, games and a laptop from a 78th Street house on Sept. 20. The victim told cops that he was gone from 9:30 am to 9 pm, when he returned to the home near Seventh avenue to find the gear gone.
Two thugs attacked and robbed a 28-year-old of his 2010 Mercedes Benz on Sept. 25 during a furious exchange near the corner of Shore Parkway and E. 19th Street.
The victim had just closed the trunk of his car at 12:05 pm when the two suspects attacked, punching him repeatedly.
The thieves swiped the victim’s keys and sped off in his luxury car, officials said. They were still being sought by late Tuesday.
A thief robbed a 48-year-old man at knifepoint on Sept. 23, but was arrested before he could spend any of his ill-gotten gains.
The victim told police that he was walking down E. 22nd Street between Avenue W and Avenue X at 3:45 am when the thug appeared and put a knife to his throat.
The thief made off with more than $1,300, but cops arrested him a short time later.
Attack of the “red hood”
A red-hooded thief robbed a 14-year-old of his cellphone during a Sept. 21 confrontation near the corner of E. 29th Street and Voorhies Avenue.
The teen had just left P.S. 52 at 7:30 pm when the thief knocked him to the ground and ordered him to fork over his $357 phone.
Thieves broke into a Bedford Avenue home on Sept. 22, taking $1,000, some jewelry and an assortment of prescription medications.
The 81-year-old victim said the thieves snapped the lock to the front door of his home, which is between Avenues V and W, sometime between 4 pm that day and 1 pm the following Saturday.
A thief entered an E. 15th Street home on Sept. 22 after pulling an air conditioner out of a kitchen window.
The owner of the home, which is between Avenues U and V, said the thief removed the air conditioner sometime after 6:30 pm.
When the victim returned home two hours later, the window was wide open and an iPod, some jewelry, a laptop computer and a pearl necklace were missing.
A thief pulled a knife on an 18-year-old on Sept. 18, robbing him of his iPod, chain and ring.
The victim told police he was nearing the corner of Avenue P and W. 8th Street at 11:30 pm when the suspect ran up with a knife in his hand.
“Sit down right here and give me everything,” the thief ordered.
The victim did what he was told and the thief ran off with the loot, cops were told.
A thief conned a 34-year-old Bay Parkway man he met at a XXX store to take him home, where he beat and robbed him on Sept. 18.
The victim told police he met the thief in Sunset Park porn shop and took him to his apartment, which is between 84th and 85th streets, at about 6 pm.
But once there, the thief beat the Bensonhurst resident up and ran off with his property.
Nine on three
A crew of thugs attacked three men near the corner of Cropsey Avenue and Bay 10th Street on Sept. 26, attacking the trio with a baseball bat, a knife and a car.
Police said the bloody brawl broke out at about 5:25 pm, but the fisticuffs soon grew out of control with one of the thugs pulling a knife and slashing an 18-year-old victim, leaving him with injuries to his face, arms and hands.
As the two remaining victims tried to escape, one of them was attacked with a baseball bat, officials said. The second man was nearly run over by one of the suspect’s cars.
Responding officers rounded up and arrested all nine suspects, charging them with assault.
A bottle bruiser attacked a fellow straphanger on Sept. 13 following a verbal argument on an MTA bus rolling down Sheepshead Bay Road.
The victim said the bus was nearing E. 16th Street just after 9 am when an unhinged rider started arguing with him.
Things quickly became heated and the rider struck the victim in the head with a bottle, guaranteeing that his trip was going to be redirected to Coney Island Hospital.
Our lady of damage
Cops are looking for the fiends who pelted Our Lady of Grace school on Sept. 10, damaging several windows.
Administrators at the Avenue W school, which is between W. First and West streets said that the windows were damaged in the back of the school sometime between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17.
A brazen thief broke into an unmarked NYPD police car as it sat on Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend on Sept. 8.
The cop left his cruiser parked between Kings Highway and Avenue S at 11 pm. When he returned a short time later, someone had already removed the car’s navigation system, some important papers and — adding insult to injury — the floor mats.
— Alex Rush
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