Crook swindles woman out of $1,400 in apartment scam

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60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Halfway house

A crook swindled a woman to the tune of $1,400 after promising her via Craigslist an apartment to rent on Montgomery Street and then failing to appear at the apartment at a pre-determined time on Aug. 26, according to police.

The woman said that when she went to the apartment near Crown Street at 8 pm, the building’s super said he was not aware of any available apartments or pending transactions, according to police. After communicating with the miscreant in several e-mail correspondences, the victim transferred the $1,400 on three separate occasions at her bank, according to the report.

A lousy cup of joe

Police cuffed a man after he threw hot coffee on a woman’s face in the midst of a verbal dispute in the lobby of her building on Surf Avenue on Aug. 24.

The 7:30 am assault at W. 20th Street caused painful redness and swelling to the side of the victim’s face, according to the report, and she was treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Service personnel.

Rude awakening

Police arrested a man and woman after they assaulted another man and stole his wallet, Samsung Galaxy S8 phone, and $150 from his home on Bayview Avenue on Aug. 21.

The man woke up the victim around 3:45 am in the house near Neptune Avenue and started hitting him with an unknown object in the back of his head, causing pain and swelling, according to the report. After the two men began fighting, the woman joined the fight and punched the victim before grabbing his wallet, while the male attacker grabbed the victim’s cell phone while continuing to hit him on the head. Police did not recover the stolen items.

Better take the stairs

Police busted a woman after she and two others stole a man’s iPhone 7 after macing and assaulting him when he exited the elevator in his W. 31st Street building on Aug. 23, according to a police report.

The woman maced the man in the face once the elevator doors opened just before midnight in the building between Surf and Mermaid avenues, the report said. She then punched him on his head and face, causing bruising and lacerations. The victim later told investigators the three perpetrators fled after taking the phone.

Down the drain

A thief stole a woman’s S8 Samsung Galaxy cellphone, credit card, and driver’s license when she went to use the bathroom at the Ford Amphitheater on W. 21st Street on Aug. 19.

The midnight theft occurred when the woman left her bag unattended at the venue between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk. The thief charged $185.80 to her credit card, police said, and they are reviewing footage of the incident.

— Julianne McShane

Posted 12:00 am, August 30, 2017
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