84th Precinct Police Blotter – 4/24/13

Another robbery at Macy’s, another sleeping straphanger loses his iPod, and Planet Fitness is now 0-4. It’s this week’s blotter.

On Thursday outside Perla Grocery at 429 Warren St., a 48-year-old man was assaulted and robbed of $19.14. A 47-year-old was later arrested for stealing the loot.

A 25-year-old asleep on the D train on April 11th at 3 a.m. awoke to find his backpack gone, which contained a MacBook, iPod and $500.

A week later, a 54-year-old woman received a surprisingly legitimate email from a real bank—though that wasn’t good news. Apparently, someone changed her account password and stole $7,550.

An 18-year-old looking for a new pair of shoes instead found herself filing a police report on April 19th. According to this report, while she was trying on shoes, someone sat next to her, distracted her, and stole her wallet. I had just seen something like this on a show called Brain Games on Nat Geo the other night. (No advertising intended, even though it sounds like it. Incidentally, have I mentioned I’m job hunting?) At any rate, they showed how easy it is to distract someone, since the brain isn’t wired to handle multiple stimuli. (I’m sure I’m phrasing this wrong, but you get the idea.) I’ve seen this in previous police reports, where the perp will ask his mark, “What time is it?” before striking. So if someone stops you on the street asking for the time, my advice is to run screaming into the night.

Approximately $40,000 worth of copper plating was stolen from the basement of my dream building, the Sweeney Building, back on March 22nd. There was no sign of a break-in, and multiple people have access.

Be on the lookout for a gray Ford Taurus, license plate # DSX6601. It’s hot!

A Queens woman heading to a doctor’s appointment was mugged on April 10th at 9:30 a.m. on Joralemon St.

A 12-year-old was arrested for felony robbery on April 10th. It’s hard for me to believe that someone born in 2001 is now old enough to commit a felony, but I guess time flies. He stole the Metro PCS Coolpad from a 12-year-old schoolmate and then threatened him, saying, “If you bring the cops to my house again, I’ll kill you.” The victim originally reported that the incident took place at the Atlantic St. subway hub, but once he was with his mother, he admitted it actually took place at a park nearby at Schermerhorn St park. He had lied to avoid getting in trouble, as apparently he was not supposed to be there.

Finally, on April 19th at 10:30 p.m., a cabbie picked up a fare with a female at Court and Montague. According to the report, the fare said he wanted to be dropped off at Coney Island Avenue and Cortelyou Road, and the cabbie refused. At this point I can empathize with the fare, as I can’t tell you how many half-wit lies and sneers I get when I ask to go to Brooklyn Heights, never mind Coney Island. But the fare took it one step further, punching the driver and then stealing $310.

Oh, and I’ve been covering the blotter again for a month and all quiet from Planet Fitness. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • Rebecca

    Heather – Coney Island Avenue and Cortelyou is NOT Coney Island. It’s the somewhat recently reinvigorated area of Ditmas Park/Prospect Park South. Maybe you’ve heard of The Farm on Adderly? Or Sycamore? Picket Fence? Beautiful Victorians abound, and if you haven’t been to any of the aforementioned spots – take it from this native Brooklynite, they come highly recommended. That said – cabbies are the worst!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.quinlan Heather Quinlan

    I admit guilt on that one, blame it on my rage over cabbies. I should know, too, I used to take the Q past there on my commute. Makes me wonder if I should do the accompanying Google Perp Map.

  • Rebecca

    If you do, I’d love the visual! =)

  • http://twitter.com/duckumu Nick

    Mugged at 9:30am on JORALEMON STREET? wtf?

  • Andrew Porter

    Saw a report on BBC World News channel about how easy it is to open locks using aluminum pieces from pop-top soda cans. Their advice: take your stuff with you when you exercise, or just leave it at home.

  • David on Middagh

    Thanks for the tip! I think I have pop-top right here.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Next time you have a “problem” cabbie, that doesn’t want to take you to you destination; Simply tell them “Okay then take me to 40 Rector St” (the address of the Taxi and limousine Commission). Works almost every time.