Schemer cons victim into forking over money

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90th Precinct


Con Ed con

Someone claiming to be a Con Edison employee called a Clymer Street business owner and convinced him to fork over money to avoid getting his electric shut off on March 26.

The victim, who is the owner of a business between Bedford Avenue and Division Street told police that the person called at 2 pm and told him to send a $364 in a pre-paid cash card within half an hour. The man sent it and then realized that the agent did not work for Con Edison.

Bar stole

Someone stole a woman’s purse when she left it unattended at a Montrose Avenue bar on March 23.

The 22-year-old victim told police that she was at a bar between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street at 4 am when she set her purse down next to her for about 15 minutes. When she turned to leave, the purse, which included her credit card and driver’s license, was gone.

Ripped off

A teenager ripped the phone out of a woman’s hand as she was waiting in the lobby of a Flushing Avenue public housing project on March 24.

The victim told police that she was waiting in the lobby of the house, which is between Bushwick Avenue and Humboldt Street, at 6 pm when the young man ran up to her and grabbed the phone at her hand. He then laughed at her and ran off.

The victim told police that she had seen the robber on Facebook.

Bicycle thief

A man rode up on a bicycle and grabbed an iPhone out of a woman’s hand as she was walking down Olive Street on March 27.

The 33-year-old victim told police that she was walking at the northeast corner of Devoe Streets at 8:45 pm. Suddenly, a bicyclist rode up behind her, grabbed the phone out of her hand, and kept riding west on Devoe Street.

The woman used an app to track the phone to Stagg Walk, but then the signal was lost.


Someone tried to convince a Flushing Avenue woman that her family members had been kidnapped and to send $500 to release them on March 26.

The woman received the call when she was inside her home between Throop Avenue and Broadway at 3:51 pm. The caller told her that her family members had been in a car accident and were kidnapped.

She immediately went to the 90th Precinct station house to report it and did not send any money. She called her family and found out that they are safe and were never kidnapped.

Boutique prices

Two men walked into a fancy clothing store on Grand Street on March 28 — and walked out with a number of high-end items.

The manager of the store between Roebling and Havemeyer Streets told police the two men came in at 6:50 pm, grabbed a designer jacket and three sweaters, and then left without paying. Together, the items were worth $1,021.

Bad boss

Cops cuffed a Meserole Street business owner who they say attacked his employee when the employee complained about not getting paid on March 24.

The 41-year-old victim told police that he asked his boss about the money he was owed inside of the warehouse between Gardner and Scott avenues at 9:25 am. His boss got upset and hit the victim on the neck with a pen and then hit the victim on the left thigh with a metal pipe, cops reported.

The boss was arrested and charged with felony assault.

— Danielle Furfaro

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