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A thief grabbed a woman by the throat and swiped her handbag in an early morning mugging on Carroll Street on July 6.
The woman, 25, told cops that she was on the block between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 4:45 am when a man approached from behind, choked her and ordered her, “Get down!”
She complied, and he took her purse, which contained her cellphone, iPod, digital camera, $80 and various cards — then he hopped into a car that had been double-parked further up the block.
A gunman robbed a natural foods store on Fifth Avenue on July 5, getting away with $450, cops said.
The masked perp entered the store, which is near St. Marks Avenue at around 3:45 pm, pulled out a black gun with a long barrel and screamed, “Give me the money!”
The counterman did as told, and the gunman grabbed the cash and fled toward Sixth Avenue.
A thief snatched a woman’s purse as she got out of a 3 train at the Bergen Street station on July 3.
The 29-year-old victim told police that she was leaving the station at around 4:10 pm when she felt a push and saw a man running away with her purse, which contained an iPod, a Metrocard, various identification and, perhaps most valuable, a pack of cigarettes.
The victim lost sight of him once he headed into the crowd of Flatbush Avenue.
Three young men mugged a Staten Islander on Seventh Avenue early on June 29.
The man told police he was on the corner of St. Johns Place at around 12:50 am when a trio of thugs surrounded him and one member of the group grabbed him by the throat and said, “Where is your wallet? Give it up!”
The man complied and one of the thieves took out the cash — about $50 — before the whole gang fled.
There were at least five break-ins this week:
• A thief smashed the passenger-side window of an Eighth Street man’s Toyota overnight on June 29 and got away with a set of Callaway golf clubs, a navigation system and a laptop. The car had been parked on Prospect Park West between Seventh and Eighth streets at around 8 pm, but the property was missing when the owner returned at 11 am the next day.
• A Ninth Street jazz club was jacked for $1,400 on July 1 when a perp broke through the front door and took the money from the cash box. The owner of the club, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, told cops that he had not locked the front door when he left at 2 am because he had been having problems with it. Now he has a bigger problem.
• A thief took advantage of a man as he walked his dog on June 29 around 12:30 pm. The man told cops that he had not locked the door on the house, which is on Whitwell Place between First and Carroll streets, as he took the pooch for his daily constitutional. When he returned, an 18-year-old man was running down the stairs with his fancy camera. The thief dropped the $250 camera on his way out.
• A thief sneaked into the back room of a Seventh Avenue clothing store on July 5 at 4 pm and helped himself to the contents of the clerk’s handbag that contained $300 and various cards.
• An Arizona woman told cops that her rental car was broken into in front of an Eighth Street home overnight on July 2. She said that when she went to the car at 9:20 the next morning, the window was smashed and the rental car company’s navigation system was gone. The thief also got a pair of Air Jordans, a men’s shirt, purses, jeans, some cologne and women’s attire — a total haul of $1,685, cops said.
— Gersh Kuntzman
©2008 Community Newspaper Group
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