84th Precinct Police Blotter – 10/12/10

bugleblotter-300x1711 Today’s my birthday. And some other things happened. It’s this week’s police blotter.

Feel free to join in the party as I welcome Year 36 of my frolic-filled life. And I also wanted to give a shout-out to a few famous October 12ers – Hugh Jackman, Kirk Cameron, Susan Anton and Dick Gregory. If I can find one thing in common with any of these people, I’ll start believing in astrology. But for now, what better way to spend a birthday than at the 84th precinct.

We begin last Tuesday evening, when a 16-year-old on a southbound F train snatched an iPhone out of a straphanger’s hand, then walked over to a woman and took her Blackberry. He made a run for it when the train pulled in to the Smith St. station, but was arrested at the corner of Smith and Warren.

A similar event occurred two days later, when a man reached into a southbound Q train and grabbed a woman’s iPhone before the doors closed.

Some violent crimes this week, beginning last Saturday at around 6:45 a.m. A woman walking home from the subway was choked until she passed out on Plymouth St. and Anchorage Pl. The thug then stole her pocketbook with all of $16 in it. Police say there were cameras on the street, but were facing the wrong way and as an added bonus, also weren’t working. Meanwhile, a good Samaritan found the woman’s purse with some of the contents still inside and returned it.

Three days later on Smith St., a woman and her companion were punched and thrown to the ground by by two thugs who made off with her bag.

Then on Tuesday around 7 p.m., a student left the dorms at 100 Henry St. and walked right into the path of an armed man. He showed the student his gun and got his iPhone.

A few hours later on Bergen St., a man was approached by two perps who told him, “Give me your phone and wallet or we’ll shoot you and stab you!” The report then says, “The victim complied.” I’ll bet he did. The duo then ran toward 3rd Ave with the victim’s HTC Touch Pro and unlimited metro card.

On Thursday afternoon, a teacher at the George Westinghouse High School was clearing the main entrance and asked two girls, ages 14 and 15, to move out of the way. They responded by poking her in the eye and then punching and kicking her. The victim was taken to LICH and the girls were arrested.

Finally, a man answered an ad for an apartment on York St., and gave it the look-see with the landlord. It must’ve looked pretty spectacular, because he gave the landlord $26,600 for one month’s rent and security. Imagine his surprise then, when he showed up on moving day only to learn the landlord was actually con artist. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • nabeguy

    Happy Brithday Heather! You gave up your age even more quickly than that guy gave up his $26G’s.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    Really? I would have guessed 26… Happy Birthday

  • Heather Quinlan

    Now THAT’S more like it! Thanks, de Lectron!

  • cat

    $26,000 for 1 month + security?! Holy crap. That’s not a typo?

    Happy birthday, Heather! Hope you had a wonderful day and I wish you all good things this coming year.

  • EHinBH

    Any other info on this? Seems odd/disturbing — not used to random people with guns holding people up on Henry Street in the early evening…

    “…on Tuesday around 7 p.m., a student left the dorms at 100 Henry St. and walked right into the path of an armed man. He showed the student his gun and got his iPhone. “

  • JM

    Heather, off topic…enjoyed your recent videos and was wondering who the guy in the red baret in Brooklyn O Brooklyn is?
    Looks like a director I used to work for.
    Oh…and happy birthday!

  • Obama?

    There is virtually no police presence in Brooklyn Heights aside from a few cops on Montague Street occasionally. We deserve much better protection than we’re getting. What ever happened to cops walking a beat?

    (P.S. I doubt that’s an all-inclusive list of neighborhood crime, especially since you get it from the police department!)

  • Heather Quinlan

    @EHinBH and @Obama? There wasn’t any information except for that of the victim, which I can’t disclose. Though I have to say this type of crime is atypical of Heights crimes – at least from what I’ve come across in 6 months of the blotter, fwiw. I believe it is, if not the first, then one of the first armed robberies on Heights streets that I’ve reported. The others tend to be in Downtown Brooklyn or the Vinegar Hill/Dumbo border.

    @JM Thanks! That’s a friend of mine who isn’t a director, though acts like one a lot :)

  • nabeguy

    Actually, Obama?, I saw a beat cop standing on the corner of Hicks and Pineapple just the other day. That may have been in response to this armed hold-up, although that seems to have occured around the corner

  • not exactly

    There are actually a lot of muggings that happen in Brooklyn Heights, probably more than there are in Dumbo and certainly more than in Vinegar HIll. The majority seem to happen on the Promenade but there have been many Henry Street muggings.

  • Greg

    No way $26,000 is correct. Has to be $2,600.