84th Precinct Police Blotter – 5/25/11

bugleblotter-300x1711A lot of people get “bumped from behind” this week, and all end up losing their money. It’s this week’s police blotter.

No, it’s not what you think, you cheeky BHB readers! It’s a pickpocketing tactic used to great effect by those in the 84 district. Not by me, I drink too much coffee and the whole operation would give me palpitations. But the following are reports about those more nimble of fingers and less caffeinated of nerves.

Last Wednesday afternoon, a 43-year-old woman was leaving the Municipal Building in Downtown Brooklyn when she was bumped from behind and her cellphone stolen. A friend dialed her number and someone actually picked up—and promptly refused to return the phone.

Earlier that day around midnight, a 19-year-old walking near Jay and Prospect was bumped by a man in a gray hoodie, who stole his wallet.

The next day at the Jay and Fulton bus stop, a 66-year-old woman was bumped and her wallet stolen.

Right around the same time, a woman boarded a southbound A train in midtown Manhattan, and noticed a couple nefarious types pacing in her subway car. When the train reached High St., one of the perps approached the victim and said, “Give me the cell phone, bitch!” She then snatched the phone from the victim’s hands and ran off.

The design company HUGE had a huge break-in last week, as 15 laptops, totaling $30,000, were stolen from their office.

A home health aide described only as “Anthony” who tends to an elderly woman on Clark St. also tended to her debit card, charging $563.90 worth of Zipcar rentals to it.

The store Best Chocolate Cake on Jay St. in DUMBO was the site of a break-in last week; the perp or perps didn’t steal cake as I would have, but instead made off with $300.

Wednesday morning at the Hoyt and Fulton station, a straphanger was mugged and the thief got away with a $400 Droid.

A law firm on Main Street reported a break-in on Thursday, though the only thing stolen, according to the police report, was “Dog treat Old Mother Hubbard.”

Quite the incident occurred on Court St. Thursday night. Officers reported seeing two young girls fleeing northbound from a woman described as “hysterical.” They joined the pursuit, which grew to about 10 people, and saw one girl throw a cell phone into the bushes at Cadman Plaza. The police finally apprehended the teens, ages 14 and 16, on the Pierrepont side of Citibank, and retrieved the phone for the victim, who said she was bumped by one of them before her phone was stolen.

Finally, yours truly witnessed a crime last night at the Metrotech Starbucks, after a patron walked in, stole a sandwich and left. Police took off in hot pursuit. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • bubblyb

    is this man ” in the grey hoodie” the imfamous grey hooded man that everyone talks about on the thred?

  • Wrennie

    I was vaguely considering getting an e-reader after trying to read Franzen’s Freedom while standing on the subway during rush hour, holding it with one hand and nearly breaking my thumb off. Not anymore, after hearing about all these tech-thieves.

  • GHB

    Bet the only crime to be solved will be the stolen sandwich!

  • Jeffrey j Smith

    So they’re stealing smartphones. Theres an easy answer to
    that: All cell phones have an advanced GPS system which you CAN’T really turn off which allows a wide range of govt agencies to know EXACTLY where your cell phone, and likely you, are located at any given moment. Its just one of the privacies you give up today. Cell phone are simply people trackers. (By the way, they can ALSO open your camera and on many phones open the microphone all without your knowledge or permission.) No one knows this better than the local threat fusion center in your area…

    OK so if you have to give up that much your privacy to have a cell phone,WHY is it that when some creep now feels safe to snatch your phone in Midtown, in broad daylight, with hundreds of potential witnesses present…why is it that our wonderful public safety system cant do what a WIDE number of govt agencies can now do; simply dial up the number and get an instant read out of the phone’s location..(within SIX FEET)

    Androids, and I phones and a LOT of other phones ALSO have the ability to sense what OTHER phones are in thier vacinity. They do this and report this information back to your service provider, again, without your knowledge or permission. Hey, If THAT’S so, and it is, why cant our justice system doesnt ALSO harvest that information since the phone is out of the owner’s posission under ilegal circumstances and find the “company” the phone is in? Think that would yield a roster of local bad guys? sure would.

    If government local state and federal and now international
    in this emerging world government, wants to do endless data mining then they SURE can shake themselves when a lowly
    taxpayer has thier phone lost to find, WITH A FEW KEY STROKES where the @#$%*#% phone is and dispatch police.

    Many times personal electronics are is lost involving threats of violence. If you’ve seen the incidents we’ve seen you’d know why its important that this kind of crime.be made impossible or very
    unrewarding. Which we can do if we simply with simple existing,
    technology. Victims simply need to demand that police and the general justice system use the now fully in place hyper accurate tracking system built in every cell phone…….

  • weegee

    Police are looking for a man who just robbed the Chase branch at Court and Schermerhorn. He reportedly got away with about $5,000.

  • AmyinBH

    Wrennie, You over estimate these types of criminals. They don’t read and therefore do not steal e-readers.

  • David on Middagh

    AmyinBH: Exactly. I’d say now is the *best* time to get an e-reader (if that’s your cup of tea), before they become the thing everyone must have and thieves can find unscrupulous buyers.

  • Wrennie

    Ha I certainly wasn’t thinking they’d use the e-reader; I highly doubt that cell phone thieves take one phone for themselves and that’s it–they re-sell everything. I was lumping in iPads, too, when I said e-readers–those aren’t just for reading, and everyone certainly wants those.

  • Sbk3

    I,d like to add an unreported crime from last week. Someone clomped the stairs leading to the house next to mine and picked about four beautiful huge hydrangea blossoms from my flower box.
    Yes they are (were)mine but they are there for everyone’s enjoyment not just a thief’s.

  • GHB

    Sbk3, I’ve noticed that lots of people have been picking daffodils, tulips, irises, etc. and just dropping them on the sidewalk or promenade. What makes these a-holes think it’s OK to do that?

  • AmyinBH

    David, I didn’t even think of the theives re-selling the stolen goods. I thought the theives were young people stealing them for their own use. Now I fear for my e-reader (the simple read only kind)! We have become good friends.

  • http://nyyankees.com Jorge Posada

    Hey BBH’ers —
    Someone stole my swing — I can’t seem to hit anymore. If anyone finds it, please send it back — or at least take a smartphone photo (if yours hasn’t been stolen yet) and send it to me.

    Also, I noticed someone smoking on the Promenade the other day. How do I get them ticketed or arrested.

    Finally, some dog pooped on Henry Street (near Pierrepont) and it’s still there. I asked Jeter what to do about it, but he didn’t know — said he’d ask Minka, though.

    Thanks in advance for your help.