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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Island guile

A scammer bilked an 86th Street woman out of $2,490 on Feb. 27 by convincing her to send money to Puerto Rico and Rhode Island, police say.

The victim told cops she got the fraudster’s call at her home between Ridge Boulevard and Colonial Road at 10 am, telling her that her son had been kidnapped. The con artist told her that the only way to save her child was to immediately wire money to the Ocean State and the Isle of Enchantment. The woman did as the chiseler said — only to find out shortly afterward that her son had never been kidnapped.

Against the wall

Cops say they collared a crook moments after a mugging on 84th Street on Feb. 28.

The victim said he was walking between 12th and 13th avenues at 9:30 pm when the man in custody grabbed him by the neck from behind and threw him up against a nearby building.

The victim said that the suspect then yanked $1,650 from his pocket and scrammed. Cops said they got the call about the crime just moments later, and rolled up in time to catch the defendant a few blocks away.

Fast and furious

The 68th Precinct says it nabbed a car thief from East New York on 92nd Street on March 2.

Authorities reported that they had tracked the stolen vehicle from the confines of the 75th Precinct using its global positioning system. The Bay Ridge patrol said they stopped and cuffed the suspect inside the purloined ride near Seventh Avenue at 2:30 pm.

Tagged

Police say they caught a pair of vandals red-handed on 86th Street on Feb. 27.

A pair of cops on patrol said they spotted the two “street artists” near 13th Avenue spraying the tags “CHICO” and “TEN” onto a wall at 11:30 pm, and immediately slapped cuffs on the pair.

— Will Bredderman

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507.
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