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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Safe cracker

A crafty thief ransacked a safe stuffed with cash at an Ocean Parkway eatery on April 3.

The restaurant’s owner told police his daughter deposited the night shift money at 8 am on April 2 and noticed nothing amiss in the safe. But when the owner opened the vault on April 3 at 7:30 am, he discovered $2,830 was missing, according to a police report.

Other than the owner and his daughter, two other employees know the combination to the safe, officials noted.

Bait and switch

A huckster stole a woman’s iPhone 6 after pretending he would sell her an iPhone 7 on Neptune Avenue on April 6.

The woman told police that she responded to a man’s online add to buy the fancy phone. But when the pair met between Brighton Fourth Street and Brighton Sixth Street at 11 pm, the man grabbed the woman’s iPhone 6 and jumped into a gray mini-van that sped off, according to a police report.

Knife to meet you

Police arrested a man who they say slashed a man across the hand on W. 37th Street on April 9.

The victim told police that the two strangers got into an argument near the Boardwalk at 4 pm. The altercation turned physical when the man pulled out a knife and slashed the victim’s left hand, according to a police report. Officers on the scene arrested the man, officials said.

— Caroline Spivack

Posted 12:00 am, April 12, 2017
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