Knife-toting thugs threaten teen

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Daunting holdup

Two knife-wielding, brazen perps threatened to stab a teenager for his iPhone on a Manhattan-bound 4 train near the Atlantic Avenue stop on Jan. 17.

The 18-year-old victim told cops that he was on the train at 2 pm when the crooks approached him. One mustachioed thief said, “Give me your phone,” while the other cowboy boot-wearing crook whipped out a knife and said, “If you don’t want to get stabbed, give up your phone.”

The victim handed over his phone and the crooks fled the train at the Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue stop.

Help yourself

A thief helped himself to a man’s belongings inside a Fifth Avenue diner on Jan. 18.

The 26-year-old victim told police he was sitting at the bar inside the eatery between Sixth and Seventh at 10:10 pm when the crook came over and snagged his wallet, cellphone, $20, and debit and credit cards.

Classroom thief

A bandit swiped a teacher’s purse that she left inside her classroom in a Seventh Avenue school on Jan. 16.

The 53-year-old victim told cops that she placed her bag in an unlocked cabinet inside the school between Fourth and Fifth streets at 3 pm. When she came back 20 minutes later, her purse containing $36, her debit card, and driver’s license was missing.

Hospital perp

A delinquent snatched a woman’s purse that she left inside a Sixth Street hospital on Jan. 19.

The 57-year-old victim told cops that she hung her bag on the hook by the door inside a room in the medical center between Seventh and Eighth avenues at 5 pm.

When she returned, her bag holding $120, her wedding band, and her debit card was gone.

Armed stickup

A gun-toting miscreant — along with his two pals — robbed a man for his iPhone on Eighth Avenue on Jan. 13.

The 22-year-old victim told police he was near St. Johns Place at 9:55 pm when one of the thugs pulled out a silver handgun and told him to keep quiet. The armed robber, who motioned to punch the victim, said, “Don’t make noise, be quiet.”

Another crook said, “I saw the phone, give me the phone!”

The trio made off with the victim’s iPhone, MacBook Pro, Coach wallet, leather briefcase, and his debit and credit cards.


Someone broke into a Fourth Street apartment and stole a bunch of goods on Jan. 15.

The 30-year-old victim told cops that the crook broke into the apartment between Fifth and Sixth avenues through the fire escape window sometime between 8:30 am and 7 pm and stole $150, three MacBook laptops, a digital camera, pricey jewelry, and a Descente jacket.

The perp fled through the front door, according to cops.

Unlucky straphanger

A thief scooped up a woman’s purse that accidentally fell on the Fourth Avenue train platform on Jan. 16.

The 23-year-old victim told police that she was boarding a Manhattan-bound F train at the station near Ninth Street at 6 am when her Marc Jacobs purse, which was hanging off of her suitcase, fell onto the train platform just as the doors were closing.

The victim got off the train at the very next station and reported the mishap to the booth clerk at the Carroll Street stop.

She then took a train back to the station, but when she got there 50 minutes later, her bag — containing an array of jewelry, a Victoria’s Secret gift card, her wallet, debit and credit cards — was missing.


Someone snagged a backpack that a man left behind inside a Fifth Avenue bar on Jan. 12.

The 29-year-old victim told cops that he accidentally left his bag hanging behind the chair he was sitting on at the pub between Fifth and Sixth streets at 2:30 am.

When he came back 12 hours later to fetch his bag, containing his MacBook Pro laptop and charger, it was gone.

— Natalie Musumeci

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 2:31 pm, January 23, 2013
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