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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Conned Ed

A schemer scammed a Fifth Avenue business owner of $3,000 over the phone by posing as a Con Edison employee on April 21, according to cops.

The proprietor of the store near the corner of 82nd Street said the chiseler rang at 2 pm and told him that the power giant would shut his lights off if he didn’t pay $1,500 immediately. The con man continued that the shopkeeper should put the money on several pre-paid MoneyPak cards and then read the numbers to him over the phone.

The entrepreneur complied — but got a second call half an hour later telling him that the transaction had not gone through, and that he had to invest in more cards and give their numbers. The businessman ran back out and got the MoneyPaks, and read the information over the phone to the villain again.

With draw-n

A burglar swiped a wad of dough from the dresser of a 12th Avenue resident on April 21, police report.

The victim told police she left her home between 70th and 71st streets at 10:30 am and returned at 12:45 pm to find her front door broken and her money missing from her drawer.

Lights out

A jerk jacked a generator from a road work site on the Belt Parkway sometime between April 19 and April 22, authorities say.

The foreman reported leaving the job site near Fourth Avenue and Shore Road at 5 am, and returning two days later to find the dynamo gone.

Work unethic

A cashier at a Seventh Avenue store pocketed some $1,800 in customers’ cash between March 28 and April 16, police state.

Surveillance footage shows the clerk taking money from patrons of the shop near the corner of 64th Street and holding onto it instead of putting it in the register during her 1 am to 4 am shift, according to police.

Payback

Cops collared a man who they say assaulted an acquaintance whom he owned money to inside his 83rd Street apartment on April 21.

The victim said she headed to the accused’s home between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 10 pm to pick up the cash she had lent the man some days earlier. The woman said that the man in custody gave her the money but, when he leaned in to kiss her on the cheek, he pulled her phone out of her jacket pocket.

The woman reportedly demanded he return the gadget and, when he refused, began to leave. It was then that the victim alleges that the defendant rammed her with his bicycle and shoved her into the hallway, where he began to punch and bite her. The woman said that the suspect then knocked her to the ground and slammed her head against the ground.

The accused reportedly dropped the phone during the struggle, and fled the premises — and the woman dialed 911. Cops say they picked the man up a short distance away.

— Will Bredderman

Posted 12:00 am, April 30, 2014
Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507.
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