Brass-knuckle wearing fiend strikes victim

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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

All about that brass

A brute wearing brass knuckles punched a person during an attempted robbery on Mermaid Avenue on July 10.

The two victims told police they were between W. 32nd and W. 33rd streets at 3:38 am two goons approached, with one reaching into the first victim’s pocket and saying “give me money.”

After a bit of grappling and pushing, the ruffian donned brass knuckles and struck the second victim in the back of the head, causing a deep cut, according to a report.

The second fiend then displayed a handgun, before both brutes fled empty-handed, cops said.

Punch happy

A devious duo punched a man on Brighton 10th Street on July 11 and took off with his bicycle.

The victim told authorities he was between Brighton 10th Court and Neptune Avenue at 9:04 pm when the nogoodniks approached. One clocked him in the back of the head and took his Giant-brand blue and yellow bike before both scoundrels fled on Neptune Avenue, according to police.

Welcome home

A brute held a woman at gunpoint in front of her E. First Street home on July 15.

The victim told police she arrived at her home between Avenues Y and Z at 12:45 am and was trying to find her keys to open the front door when a man holding a gun demanded she hand over her cellphone, headphones, and debit card. She did, and he also ordered her to reset her phone to factory settings, cops said.

She told officers she had walked home from the Avenue X and 86th Street train station and did not know if he had followed her.

Party foul

A pickpocket swiped a man’s wallet from his shorts pocket while he was dancing at a Surf Avenue block party on July 8.

The victim told cops he was partying at the shindig near Mermaid Avenue at 7 pm when a stranger continuously bumped into him, and even put his arm around him.

The victim left the bash and went to purchase food, at which point he noticed his Pierre Cardain money holder — containing his New York driver’s license, Social Security card, and $50 — was missing, officials reported.

He told police he had gone so far as to wrap his wallet in a hand towel and put it deep in his pocket to ensure it didn’t fall out during the festivities.

Shopping around

A trickster fooled a Brighton Beach Avenue shop owner into thinking he was in the market for some kitchen items on July 10, and swiped her belongings instead.

The victim told police she was in her store near Brighton First Place at 12:20 pm when the con entered and told her he was looking for kitchen supplies, possibly as a distraction.

She turned her back on him to pick up some items, and when she turned around, he was gone — along with $80, her Samsung Galaxy cellphone and Samsung Galaxy tablet, officers reported.

Bad fare

A snake robbed a cabbie on W. 29th Street on July 15.

The victim told cops he picked up the weasel and two buddies in Manhattan Beach at 7:20 pm. He dropped off one passenger at W. 20th Street and Surf Avenue, at which point the creep, who was sitting in the back of the cab, moved to the front passenger seat, according to a police report.

When the driver was at W. 29th Street and Surf Avenue, the fare told him, “we gonna be out here,” and took his wallet — containing his Medicare card, debit card, and credit cards — from the center console, fleeing with his friend, police reported.

Watch out

A burglar stole a woman’s watch from her Murdock Court home while she was away from July 7 to July 10.

The woman told police she and her boyfriend left their home near Ocean Parkway for vacation on July 7 at 7:30 pm. When they returned three days later at 2 am, their kitchen window screen was slashed and the window fan was knocked in, according to authorities.

The pair found a Audemar Piguet diamond watch was missing from the bedroom dresser, police reported.

No tip

A crook robbed a Brighton Beach Avenue restaurant’s tip jars on July 13, while the employee on duty was setting up for the day.

The owner of the eatery between Brighton Fourth and Brighton Fifth streets told police a worker opened for the day at 8:40 am, and left the front door open to air out the establishment, putting a display case in front of the door with a sign saying the business was closed. The worker then went to the basement.

When the owner arrived, he said the tip jars were empty and the cash register was on the floor.

Surveillance video captured the sneak entering the restaurant, taking the cash from the jars, and giving it to an accomplice stationed outside, police reported.

The crook then re-entered and tried to take the register, but failed, according to a report.


Two brutes shot a man while he sat inside his car on Brighton 11th Street on July 11.

The man told police he was in the driver’s seat near Oceanview Avenue at 3 pm when he was shot in the left shoulder. The duo then fled in a car, police reported.

He drove himself to the hospital, according to the report.

— Courtney Donahue

Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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