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All in all you’re just a ‘nother brick in the face

The Brooklyn Paper

88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Stone cold

A brick-wielding lunatic smashed a man’s nose on Fulton Street on Nov. 15.

The 37-year-old victim told police that he was near Putnam Avenue at 6:55 pm when a stranger approached and said, “Do you want me to hit you with this brick?”

The thug then struck him with the block, slashing his face and giving him a nosebleed. The perp fled south on Grand Avenue.

In the bag

Some thug put a woman in a chokehold on Clinton Avenue on Nov. 20 to steal her purse, iPod and cellphone.

The 26-year-old victim told cops that she was near Lafayette Avenue at midnight when a stranger grabbed her by the neck and ordered, “Give me the phone, give me the phone!”

The crook grabbed her pocketbook and fled with her credit cards, California ID and Android phone.

Cops are seeking a 35-year-old, 6-foot-2, 220-pound suspect.

Early attack

A marauder stole a woman’s purse on Clinton Avenue on Nov. 17 after he punched her in the face.

The 31-year-old victim told police that she had just gotten out of a cab at 3:35 am near DeKalb Avenue when the thug socked her mouth and fled with her handbag.

The thief — described as 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds — scored $200, a Palm cellphone, and credit cards.

Wheel and steal

Twin thieves on bicycles snatched the iPhone from a woman on Carlton Avenue on Nov. 15.

The 23-year-old victim told cops that she was near Flushing Avenue at 10:45 pm when the freewheeling bandits approached from behind an grabbed her mobile.

Phoned it in

An Apple-hungry outlaw snatched an iPhone from a woman on Atlantic Avenue on Nov. 14.

The 24-year-old victim told cops that she was near Fourth Avenue at 7:15 pm when a stranger ripped her mobile from her hand and fled.

Alarm haul

A thief stole $1,600 and a designer bag from a car on Clermont Avenue on Nov. 19 as the owner attended a prayer meeting.

The 54-year-old victim told cops he parked near Myrtle Avenue at 8:15 pm. When he returned 15 minutes later, his Kenneth Cole bag, checkbook and cash were gone.

Low gear

Some thief boosted a white sedan from Park Avenue on Nov. 13 — also scoring boxing equipment, prescription drugs and an MP3 player.

The 31-year-old victim told cops that he parked near N. Elliott Place at 9 pm. When he returned the next morning, his 2007 Acura was gone.

Subway bandit

A teen thief tried to steal a man’s stuff on the Classon Avenue G train platform on Nov. 18 — but cops caught up with the alleged would-be bandit.

The 38-year-old victim told police that he emerged from the Queens-bound subway at 10:30 pm when the young crook reached into his satchel.

The victim ran after the perp, who yelled, “Stop following me or I’ll f—k you up!”

Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect shortly after.

Gate crasher

Some jerk stole a metal gate from a home on Carlton Avenue earlier this month as the owner did renovations.

The 61-year-old victim told cops that she left the residence near Green Avenue at 1 pm on Nov. 10. When she returned four days later, the $1,500 gate was gone.

Service break

A burglar snatched a $1,500 laptop from a Time Warner truck on Cumberland Street on Nov. 14.

An employee told cops that he parked near Greene Avenue at 11:30 am. When he returned 45 minutes later, a passenger door lock was broken and the computer was gone.

National grift

A thief lifted a laptop from a National Grid truck on Clinton Avenue on Nov. 15.

An employee told police that he left the vehicle near DeKalb Avenue at 4:20 pm. When he returned 10 minutes later, the Dell device was gone.

Credit score

A sneaky thief broke into a Honda on Hall Street on Nov. 14 — snatching credit cards and using them to buy appliances.

The 49-year-old victim from New Jersey told police that she parked near Willoughby Avenue at 4 pm and when she returned 90 minutes later, her cards, $25 and her Green Card were missing.

She told cops that the thieves used one of her cards at an appliance store.

Game over

A heartless grifter stole a PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii from the Atlantic Terminal Community Center.

An employee told cops that when he left the public housing facility on Carlton Avenue on Nov. 10, he stored the consoles, controllers and games in a closet. When he returned five days later, they were gone.

Break dance

A burglar snatched hundreds of dollars worth of tools from a Fulton Street dance studio on Nov. 14.

An employee told police that she left the parlor near Hudson Avenue at 6 pm. When she returned the next morning, a bevy of items was gone — including drills, saws, a two-line phone, and satin nickel floor bumper.

— Kate Briquelet

To reach reporter Kate Briquelet, e-mail him at or call (718) 260-4506.

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RAlti from Midwood says:
Can someone please explain to me why the description never includes color anymore? I mean, I kinda know why, but when you describe someone as simply a weight and height, that narrows it down to maybe a million guys. How about getting more specific so that we can catch these dirtbags quicker. Let's not worry about being so P.C. at the risk of people's lives. Just a thought.
Nov. 23, 2011, 7:23 am
Graef from The Hill says:
It might also be useful to know the color of the victims. Just saying!
Nov. 23, 2011, 10:40 am
nobodynt from red hook says:
Print ALL available information
Nov. 23, 2011, 1:21 pm
Furt G from Fort Greene says:
Oh, yeah, the color will really narrow down the suspects [sarcasm]. It's a waste of time to mention any description unless it's a unique feature.
Nov. 23, 2011, 1:26 pm
anabdul from cobble hill says:
Boy, what a bunch of racists.
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:57 pm
anabdul from cobble hill says:
to nobodynt from red hook: Here's all the available information - you're a racist
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:59 pm
anabdul from cobble hill says:
Maybe they are all out Black Friday shopping. Or, waiting around to steal your Black Friday loot.
Nov. 23, 2011, 3:01 pm
Or not says:
Anabuldababa you are an angry man lol
Nov. 23, 2011, 4:28 pm
nobody from red hook says:
Why is it racist to want to know who is committing these crimes? If they print the FACTS we as a people won't have to make assumptions about whats going on.
Nov. 23, 2011, 7:51 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Yeah i guess what almost everyone in here wanna see is white, black and or hispanic.
Nov. 23, 2011, 11:01 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Anabdul, don't be racist responding to racism: you're only going to up the ante and further the cycle of viciousness here, and it's counterproductive.

It's nonsense that mentioning the race or color of the perpetrators somehow makes for a comprehensive report of the crime--why is that anyone's point of departure? That's right, it's a point of departure for a bigot.

I repeat Furt G's astute observation: "It's a waste of time to mention any description unless it's a unique feature." Height and weight are more unique characteristics here, but the clamor to identify race and ethnic characteristics is quite intense--why? Demonstratively prove, and maybe if we can find a professional, such as a police officer or a detective or a private investigator to corroborate such sentiments, how the preeminence of someone's race or ethnicity solves crime. What proof do you have for such an argument?
Nov. 24, 2011, 12:58 pm
nobody from red hook says:
You can just assume all the criminals are black if the race is not reported.
Nov. 25, 2011, 10:33 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Nobody from Red Hook, that comment reveals that your previous comments impassioned towards identifying race because you implied that omitting them would injure comprehension were cowardly cover for your bigotry. Attempt more constructive argumentation and reject hate and maybe BP will consider you. Clearly they have considered previous arguments on previous reportage that condemned the arbitrary use of race to titillate readers like you, which is why there exists less bombast on these blotters, why there is a deemphasis on race and ethnicity and a reemphasis on the peculiar circumstances of each crime, and why the blotters have been aggregated on Wednesday rather than singling Ft. Greene out for special bombast.

BP is listening to reason and rejecting your type of cowardice. But at least you have the public threads to spew your hate.

Gather your fellow gorillas, or die lonely.
Nov. 25, 2011, 11:27 am
nobody from red hook says:
Cowardice is punching a woman in the face and stealing from her. Hate is smashing somebody's face with a brick.

I was being sarcastic in my last post but the truth is people who live here and read the paper are already of the assumption that blacks and latinos are behind all of these crimes. I think they should report all the details equally across the board and let people draw their own conclusions, or at least so maybe somebody could tip off the cops.

I will say that I do hate anybody who would punch a woman in the face regardless of what they look like.
Nov. 25, 2011, 9:27 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Well, sure those examples are cowardice--so is Benedict Arnold. So is Chamberlain before Hitler. So is a thousand thousand examples and they are not confined to the examples you cite, which are plays off the blotter, which are meant to further intensify the focus on racial characteristics while you pretend you're being sarcastic--which is also cowardice. So please, don't make numerous comments fixating on race, don't focus just on race while pretending to seek "characteristics across the board", and then pretend it was all sarcasm really.

While my wish is that there be a timely resolution to all these cases, I'm not going to be audience to some nonsense about someone claiming to want to solve crimes but simultaneously fixating on the blackness or the supposed blackness of the alleged perpetrators.

There are many things that one can ask for on this blotter. More detail and TYPE of detail are the kind of things one can ask for. YOU DEMAND TO KNOW RACE TO TITILLATE YOUR SICK MIND, BUT YOU PRETEND YOU WANT TO KNOW "ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES ACROSS THE BOARD." And yet an acknowledgment about all the circumstances that make up you elude even you, since your obsession is not crime, IT IS RACE. Courage would be in confronting that.
Nov. 25, 2011, 10:47 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Again, I repeat Furt G's astute observation: "It's a waste of time to mention any description unless it's a unique feature." Your argument does not sufficiently rebut this argument. Your obsession with blackness in particular does not constitute a reasonable or rational argument, or provide a means by which BP can best report on crime in this community.
Nov. 25, 2011, 10:53 pm
nobody from red hook says:
I think you are mis-intrepreting what I am trying to say.

I'm not attacking any group nor do I want to see anybody unfairly judged. Especially not in the comments section on a newspaper's web page.

It's my opinion that the paper should print every detail that the police give them to go by, not omit facts because it's gonna offend someone. Do they think people are gonna bring lynching back or something?

The real racist —— is that BP only does a crime blotter for the 6 "whitest" neighborhoods in the borough.
Nov. 26, 2011, 12:03 am
nobody from red hook says:
Also Benedict or pre-hitler Chamberlain aren't still on the loose, free to hit my mother or sister whenever they need a smart phone upgrade. GTFO here man
Nov. 26, 2011, 2:41 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Alright, that's fair enough. I can accept that argument, and do believe that crime journalism for this paper has to improve. It weaves the most heated comment threads, so clearly it is important to readers. But "blotting" is not enough, especially if it is so important to readers. Bare details, especially when they're positioned to titillate, don't seem helpful. I prefer the way the big papers do it, NY Times especially [not to suggest i like the Times]--real analytical pieces that provoke thought and participation.

Now, Benedict and Chamberlain aren't on the loose, but take a look at some of these threads--Hitler sure seems reincarnated at times.
Nov. 26, 2011, 10:34 am

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