84th Precinct Police Blotter 8/20/14: Here Come the Brooklyn Bridge Park Crooks

The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter for the 84th Precinct this week sheds some light on a new leisure activity at Brooklyn Bridge Park — CRIMIN’ . Folks, we know you’re sophisticated urban dwellers so we assume that the need to watch your belongings at all times in a public setting isn’t a shock. That said, behold this passage from the B’Paper’s blotter:

People reported three thefts in Brooklyn Bridge Park this week. Here’s how they stack up:

• A crook swiped a man’s bag from a restaurant on Pier 6 in the park on Aug. 5.

The victim told cops he put the bag down in the rooftop bar area of the establishment near the corner of Joralemon Street and Atlantic Avenue at 8:30 pm, and when he went to retrieve it an hour later it was gone, cops said. The bag contained two electronic tablets, a laptop, a cellphone, some clothes, and a volleyball, according to a police report.

• The next night, someone stole a man’s backpack that he had left unattended on Pier 1, police said.

The 30-year-old victim told cops he left the bag near the corner of Old Fulton and Furman streets at 8:30 pm, and returned 15 minutes later to find it gone. The bag contained a cellphone, $20 in cash, a debit card, and some keys, cops said.

• The night after that, on Aug. 7, someone grabbed a bag from the soccer fields on Pier 5, near the corner of Joralemon and Furman streets.

The 24-year-old soccer player told police he put the bag down at 7:45 pm to play a game, and when he returned at 8:15, the bag was gone. The bag contained $25 in cash, credit and debit cards, and a cellphone, according to a police report.

The thief used cards at RadioShack and Starbucks the report says.

Dirtbag criminals! They’re just like us with their fancy lattes and cell phone accessory habits! Be safe out there kiddies!!

Even the embattled Brooklyn Heights Library isn’t safe (hey we thought it was only a place for academics!) as a 74 year old woman reported that her wallet was stolen at the branch on August 5.

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  • Peter Brooklyn

    In all three cases the bag was left unattended. It’s unfortunate, but duh … you just can’t do that – in Brooklyn Bridge Park or anywhere in New York – and be certain your bag will be there when you return. What concerns me more are groups of passing and rambunctious teens, during evenings, at the intersection of Columbia Heights and Middagh (near the foot bridge entrance). They litter, they try to pilfer bicycles from the Citi stand and vandalize the stand, they climb into Squibb Park even though it’s closed, they enter the children’s playground now and then and take kid’s playgear. We need a cop there at night. Not a car, not an occasional check, but a real-live cop, standing there and keeping an eye on things, from about 8 PM until at least midnight. We’re a theme park now. We need a cop at one of the major passageways into the park.

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    Given the size and space of the park, agreed 100% – last time I was there I saw some bicycle cops, which make the most sense…

  • Banet

    Agreed on all counts but what are you supposed to do with your stuff while playing soccer?

  • miriamcb

    They probably should have considered putting in some lockers on the side of the pier.

    Otherwise, I guess do the same if you were to go running (cash/keys get tucked into tiny pockets in pants or shorts) and bring minimal stuff?

  • MonroeOrange

    pretty easy…don’t bring more than you need to if you are going to play soccer…your house keys, a few dollars and ID is all you need. No need to bring your whole wallet.

  • MonroeOrange

    “The bag contained two electronic tablets, a laptop, a cellphone, some clothes, and a volleyball, according to a police report.”

    I’m sorry, but as a lifelong NYer, i think this person got what they deserved…you have $1,000s of dollars worth of electronics in your bag and you leave it unattended?!

    Its amazing, and i know ill sound old….but i constantly see people on the train with ipads etc out in the open…IN MY DAY, you would never get on the train and flash $100’s of dollars out in the open.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    We need a lot of things in our area — including a full-service hospital just like the one that was stolen from us by Cuomo, SUNY and de Blasio. This neighborhood is getting kicked in the teeth by all the politicians. Time to say enough.

  • jorawatcher

    The LOUD, disrespectful groups of teens walking along Joralemon from the park to the subway, all evening till midnight or so, is becoming a real problem and is radically changing the peace & quiet of this neighborhood. I’m not a sky-is-falling person, but I’m realizing (too late) that the park naysayers were probably right. In the long run: BB Park will be good for the city, very bad for Brooklyn Heights.

  • Peter Brooklyn

    I agree. I left the “loud and disrespectful” part out of my post because I’m trying to make internal peace with the situation – but you’re right. I’m afraid “good for the city, bad for Brooklyn Heights” is an apt encapsulation.

  • TeddyNYC

    Some people here are too comfortable for their own good. Hopefully, he’ll learn from this expensive lesson.

  • MiniCooper

    I hate to say ‘I told you so’, but from the first moment I heard about the development of the ‘park’ I was against it and knew that it would be nothing but bad for the neighborhood I have lived in for over 30 years. I especially feel very sorry for the people living on lovely Joralemon Street.

  • Boerum Bill

    Any update on the vandalism documented by Karl a few weeks ago?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    This may be (hopefully) quelled a bit when Smorgasburg leaves. Sundays on Joralemon are the worst, and a lot of that is presumably Smorgasburg foot traffic.

  • MiniCooper

    Aha… good to hear. My first and last trip to the ‘park; was on the day that Smorgasburg opened. Egad… worse than Grand Central Station at rush hour. Filthy, noisy, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overcrowded. Glad to hear it’s only seasonal.

  • Joe A

    Nothing but bad for the community? Because there were a few larcenies? Please give me a break. The park is a wonderful addition the the community and will be enjoyed by many for generations to come. Silly comment.

  • Joe A

    Reminds me of that Yogi Berra comment about a restaurant, “no one goes there anymore because it is too crowded”

  • ltap917

    What about the residents of Brooklyn Heights. Apparently you don’t care about them and the fact that their lovely peaceful quiet neighborhood is no more.
    Aren’t you the same person who used to tell everyone how wonderful the bike program was? Last I heard they were looking for the city to help fund them as they were not doing well.

  • Joe A

    The bike share program IS a huge success by any standards. And the financial issues that you mention is old news.


  • Joe A

    So if you took a poll of all Brooklyn Height residents asking them if the BBP is a plus or a minus for the community you think most residents would be against the park? Really?

  • petercow

    Jorawatcher-have you contacted the 84th Precinct. I’m presuming the thing you never see there is a cop car.

  • Antonio Freedom

    You are correct… as a long time resident of Joralemon Street, the loud youths going up and down the block — not just on Sunday for Smorgasburg — has really changed the block. The park is great, but it sucks for those of us on the traffic routes.

  • MiniCooper

    Not talking abut the larcenies. There have always been rashes of robbing and burlaries in the Heights at various times. I’m talking about the loss of the beautiful calm quiet neighborhood we had.

  • MiniCooper

    A definite YES on that Joe. I haven’t heard one of my neighbors speak kindly of it.

  • geegee

    The teens up and down Joralemon till 1 am. Saw some of them in my bldg back courtyard some weeks ago smoking weed. (No they don’t live in the neighborhood). I thought they closed off the parks/field after a certain time ??

  • Mimi

    I have a resident of Brooklyn Heights for 20 years, my husband for a few less. We both detest what the park has done to the neighborhood. It would have been somewhat less bad if they had not built all those sporting facilities.

  • Jorale-man

    This is just a theory but I wonder if the police ignore Brooklyn Heights simply because it’s next to areas with bigger problems (i.e. Downtown), and our crime levels are probably very low here, all things considered.

    But I agree with the other commenters, there needs to be some level of public awareness raised about the pedestrian – and car – traffic through the Heights to BBP. I basically avoid Joralemon Street now on weekends, and wouldn’t even get near the park after 9 or 10 am. It’s become a complete zoo.

  • David on Middagh

    “The LOUD, disrespectful groups of teens walking along Joralemon…”

    And Middagh St., just for the record, as we’re a convenient route from the park at night.

  • StoptheChop

    It’s astounding how “unneighborly” the BBPDC has become– no acknowledgment/gratitude for how many Brooklyn Heights residents advocated for the park in the first place, and no sense of responsibility for ameilorating any negative impacts. Instead, we’re being told that BBP is now the 800 pound gorilla and that we have to just “deal with it”. Where does that sense of entitlement, bordering on adversary-ness, come from?

  • cranberry

    And Cranberry Street. Loud groups of people often using the planter in front of my house for a trash can. The wrong side of the street is filled with illegal parkers and none are ticketed.

  • Joe A

    Ok, well that is your view and you are certainly entitled but I imagine that there are many residents the love the Park as well and their views are equally valid. Please do not try to assume that your personally held views are universal.