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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Phone and phony

A double-talking thief stole an iPhone X and handed the owner $1,400 in fake money before fleeing on 86th Street on Nov. 5, according to police.

The two men connected on Craigslist, where the gray phone was listed for sale, and agreed to meet between 11th and 12th avenues around 11 pm to finalize the sale. And when the iPhone owner handed the Apple product over to the thief, the perp gave him an envelope with a wad filled with $1,400 in fake $50 bills before fleeing in an unknown direction in a white vehicle.

Swindler’s wish

A crooked auto broker cheated a man out of $2,200 after their Nov. 2 phone conversation from the man’s 94th Street home.

When the pair spoke on the phone around noon — the man calling from his apartment between Marine Avenue and Shore Road — they agreed to meet up in person for the man to pick up the car after he wired the money. But the perp never showed up, alleged the victim in a Nov. 7 police report. The same broker has been named in numerous reports filed for similar incidents, police said.

Swiped, and ran

A quick-acting thief stole nearly $850 after picking up a wallet with two credit cards and $200 cash inside after a woman dropped it on 93rd Street on Nov. 9.

The lowlife began making charges using the two cards shortly after grabbing the billfold at the corner of Third Avenue before 7 pm. The following morning, the woman received a text message from her bank reporting the charges, and she reported it to the 68th Precinct just after 11 am.

Stolen and rollin’

A no-goodnik stole a man’s 2013 Honda Odyssey valued at $24,500 from its Colonial Road parking spot at some point between Nov. 7 and 8.

The man parked his car in his driveway behind his home between 88th and 89th streets at 7 pm on Nov 7. When he returned to the car the next morning just before 10 am, it was gone, according to the report. The car owner said he kept a spare valet key for the car inside the front glove compartment. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area, according to the report.

— Julianne McShane

Updated 12:02 pm, November 15, 2017
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