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63rd Precinct

Marine Park—Mill Basin—Flatlands—Bergen Beach

Phone swipe

Sticky-fingered thieves stole five phones from an Avenue U mobile phone shop on Aug. 26.

Police say an unknown number of crooks entered the store near E. 55th Street around 4:33 pm, and as they were being assisted by clerks they picked up the phones from the display case and took off, according to the report.

Quick grab

A sneaky crook lifted a woman’s bag in a department store on Avenue U on Aug. 27.

The bag’s owner told police that she was trying on shoes at the store near E. 55th Street around 4:50 pm when she placed it down next to her. Authorities say minutes later she discovered that it was gone. According to police, the thief was later reported to be using a debit card the victim had inside the bag in at the store and other several nearby locations.

Goniff was fueled

A perpetrator broke into a car parked on E. 51st Street on Aug. 22.

The vehicle’s owner told cops she left her car between Avenue K and Flatlands Avenue around 1 am, and the next morning found it broken into. The victim said that her ride-sharing fuel card was taken, and she cancelled to prevent use, according to police.

Phantom thief

A brigand robbed a parked vehicle in a parking lot on Ralph Avenue on Aug. 22, cops said.

The car’s owner told police that she left her car near Avenue K and had stuffed her purse and other items under the driver’s and front passenger seats around 11:30 am. When she returned to her car around 12:30 pm, she found that the debit cards, credit card, and several identification cards that were in her bag were missing. Police say there was no sign of damage to the car.

Shopping cart grabber

A bandit took a purse from a woman’s shopping cart in department store on Ralph Avenue on Aug. 23, police said.

The woman said that she was shopping at the location near Flatlands Avenue around 2:50 pm, and around 3:10 pm noticed her bag was missing from her cart, according to cops. Police say the bag contained her smartphone, and debit and credit cards.

Smash and take

A crook invaded a car near E. 55th Street and Avenue K sometime overnight on Aug. 25.

The owner of the car authorities he had parked his car around 2:33 pm and the next morning found that his driver’s side window had been broken into. Cops say the thief got away with a half dozen debit cards and his driver’s license.

— Alexandra Simon

Updated 12:26 pm, September 6, 2017
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