Hello, Crime Busters! It’s been awhile since we took down those perps and thugs—I hope you’re not out of practice. So rifle through that bag you left unguarded at Macy’s and make sure you still have your wallet and mace, it’s time for the blotter.
An apartment building on Montague St was hit with two burglaries last week. (Ironically, the same week that Brownstoner named one of its units Rental of the Day.) The first occurred 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, when a man returned home to find $1,500 plus his laptops and camera equipment gone. There was no sign of forced entry, though the window to the fire escape was unlocked.
The second burglary took place Sunday; a woman noticed her front door open and handbags missing. The thief made off with a wallet and credit cards.
Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, two perps saw opportunity in one dozing subway rider, as they began rifling through his backpack and grabbing what they could find. The sleepy straphanger was awoken by a fellow passenger at the Dekalb/Flatbush station, who alerted police. Perp #1 tried to hide a bag of marijuana between two seats (imagine finding that on your morning commute!), but he was arrested before making a getaway. His accomplice was luckier, as he got away into the Downtown Brooklyn night.
At the same station that Saturday, a woman had her iPhone yanked out of her hand.
At the York St. station a few days earlier, a man had his iPhone also snatched out of his hand. This makes me wonder if the spate of cell phone thefts will go up now that the MTA declared that the underground will begin going wireless in a year. Then again, would anyone want my uncle’s Jitterbug? You be the judge.
Moving on, a woman who noticed her account dipped into negative dollars visited her local TD Bank on Montague St. to find out what happened. She told the teller that she’d ordered new checks but they never arrived. The teller then showed her cancelled checks written in her name to the tune of $7,300. Does the bank reimburse for that? I supposed that’s what the insurance is for, though may I never know.
Two separate incidents at the Court St. Starbucks: around 4 p.m. Tuesday, a woman took a page from Sleepy on the Subway and nodded off in between lattes (must’ve been decaf). When she awoke she found her backpack gone along with her Macbook and iPod Touch. And on Sunday while closing up, Starbucks employees were surprised by a man who claimed he had a gun and said, “Give me all your money, then your IDs and phones.” He made off with $2,483.
On Henry St. Saturday, a man left his apartment and front door unlocked. When he returned home ten minutes later, he was surprised to find a man in his living room. He chased the intruder out and lost $125 and his cell phone.
Remsen St. was the site of a jewelry heist, as pendants, earring and rings belonging to one woman were removed from her home, totaling $22,500.
And finally, no blotter would be complete without a trip to Planet Fitness, where this time two women claimed that they locked their lockers, yet returned to find their belongings gone. Unfortunately, neither could remember what they brought to the gym, nor what was taken. And that’s this week’s blotter.