Gunned down in East Flatbush

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Gunned down

A trigger-happy thug opened fire on an 18-year-old on Sept. 25, killing him.

Witnesses said the victim, Akeen Stephenson, was nearing the corner of New York and Foster avenues at 10 pm when the unidentified suspect let loose a barrage of bullets, hitting the 18-year-old in the back.

Stephenson was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

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

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

Veggie villain

A thief pulled a razor on an 18th Avenue pizzeria worker in an attempt to get a free vegetable slice on Sept. 26, but was arrested as he tried to run off with the cheese-free food.

Police said that the 18-year-old thief happily ordered the slice from the late-night shop, which is near McDonald Avenue, at 12:52 am, but drew his razor when the employee charged him.

“What did you say?” he asked before grabbing the slice and running off to the nearby train station.

Members of a local Shomrim Community Patrol were alerted to the theft and gave chase, catching the thief at a nearby subway station, where he was detained and charged with robbery.

Home swindle

He should have known — this was too good to be true.

A man told police that he was conned into paying $8,000 for an Avenue I home.

The 57-year-old victim said the con man approached him back in November, 2009, about the home, which is between Nostrand Avenue and E. 31st Street.

The victim probably thought that he was getting the house for a steal, but soon realized that this would-be realtor was the true thief, since it turned out he never had a deed to the house.

Pharmacy raid

Thieves broke into the Expedite Care pharmacy on Nostrand Avenue on Sept. 14, taking $4,000.

Workers at the pharmacy, which is between Avenues H and I, said that someone ripped out an iron gate protecting a back window to get inside.

Nicked by knife

A knife-wielding 56-year-old lunged at another man on Sept. 13 during a heated disagreement on Coney Island Avenue.

The victim said he was arguing with the suspect between Glenwood Road and Avenue H at 3 pm when his opponent lashed out with the blade and cut his arm.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to the vandals that mark up the community.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

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

Updated 2:55 pm, October 19, 2011
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