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Jerk tricks elderly woman and makes off with her purse

The Brooklyn Paper

90th Precinct


Purse snatch

A jerk stole an elderly lady’s purse on Humboldt Street on Jan. 3.

The 84-year-old victim told cops she was near Debevoise Street around 8 am when she was approached by a man who asked her if she knew what time it was. He then snatched her purse and ran.

Cashed out

A crook broke into a woman’s Boerum Street apartment and stole a wad of cash on Jan. 6.

The 49-year-old woman told cops that she left her place between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street at 8 pm, returning three hours later to find her door lock broken and $6,000 missing.


A thug stole a man’s wallet, phone and gloves on Varick Avenue on Jan. 4.

The 22-year-old victim told cops he was between Ingraham Street and Harrison Place at 7:30 pm he was approached by a man with one hand in his pocket who said, “I have a gun, if you don’t want to get shot, give me your wallet.”

The victim handed over his Blackberry, wallet and leather gloves before the perp fled.


Two crooks robbed a man while he was inside his unlocked apartment on McKibbin Street on Jan. 3.

The 26-year-old victim told cops that he was working on his laptop in his place between McKibben and Seigel courts when two men entered his at 10:25 pm.

The duo threatened they had a gun before leaving with his fancy MacBook.

On layaway

A crook stole thousands of dollars worth of goods from a storage facility on Wallabout Street on Jan. 3

Representatives from the storage facility between Kent and Classon avenues told cops that they left the building at 6:30 pm, returning at 8:30 the next morning to find that $8,000 in cash and $4,000 worth of checks were missing.

Hit twice

A building on Maujer Street was hit twice by crooks in the last week.

• On Jan. 4 a jerk stole a bike from the building between Manhattan and Graham avenues.

The 33-year-old victim told cops that left his bike in a locked storage closet in his apartment complex at 3:45 pm. When he returned 45 minutes later, it was gone.

• A thug robbed a storage closet in the same building on Jan. 7.

The 31-year-old victim told cops that a crook broke into the closet at 7 pm, stealing a Univega bicycle and some sneakers before fleeing.


A thief stole an expensive laptop from an office on Ingraham Street on Jan. 4.

The 38-year-old victim told cops that his MacBook pro went missing from his workplace near Porter Avenue between 2:30 and 3:30 pm.

Van grab

A thug stole a delivery van parked on Metropolitan Avenue on Jan. 4.

The driver of the van told cops that she left the car idling between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street at 3 pm, returning 10 minutes later to find the white freight van missing.


A thief robbed a building on Graham Avenue on Jan. 1.

The 65-year-old victim told cops that a thief broke open one of the side doors of the building, between Devoe and Ainslie streets, at 10:30 pm, stealing more than $1,000 worth of construction equipment.

Car jacked

A crook stole a man’s car on Hewes Street over New Year’s weekend.

The 33-year-old victim told cops that he parked his car between Broadway and Harrison avenues at 10 pm on New Year’s Eve, returning at 3 pm on Jan. 2 to find his 1997 Nissan gone.

Church crooks

A godless thug robbed a church on S. Ninth Street overnight on Jan. 6.

Representatives from the church told cops that they left the church at 11:30 pm, returning 12 hours later to find crooks had broken the locks to the church’s office and safe room, and left with $1,000.

Motorbike missing

A crook pinched a man’s motorcycle from Scholes Street on Jan. 6.

The 21-year-old victim told cops that he parked his bike between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street at 3 pm on Friday, returning 24 hours later to find the Suzuki bike gone.

Overnight pillage

A crook stole a bunch of electronic equipment from an apartment on McKibbin Street on Jan. 8.

The 29-year-old victim told cops she left two MacBooks in the living room of her apartment between McKibben and Seigel courts at 2 am, returning to the room at 8 am to find them both gone.

Havemeyer heist

Crooks struck a building on Havemeyer Street twice this week.

• First, a jerk stole some electronics from the building between S. Second and S. Third streets on Jan. 8.

The 25-year-old victim told cops that someone broke into her apartment through a rear window between 3:30 and 5 pm, stealing more than $1,000 of equipment.

•A thief made off with an armful of goods worth more than $40,000 from a different apartment in the building that same day.

The 31-year-old victim told cops that between 12:30 and 7:30 pm, someone entered her apartment through a side window and stole a pricey David Yurman diamond ring and diamond watch, as well as her MacBook.

Under covers

A robber took more than $1,000 from beneath a woman’s mattress in her Maujer Street apartment between Jan. 4 and 6.

The 40-year-old woman told cops she had last seen the cash in her apartment between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street under the mattress at 9 pm on Jan. 4 and noticed it was missing on Jan. 6 at 11 pm.

Trunk theft

A crook broke into a man’s car on S. Fourth Street, stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods, on Jan. 7.

The 29-year-old man said he left his car between Kent and Wythe avenues at 9 pm, returning shortly after midnight to find his trunk open and his belongings removed.

Cycle nab

A crook stole a motorcycle from S. Second Street between overnight on Jan. 7.

The 33-year-old victim told cops that he left his Sachs motorcycle between Roebling and Havemeyer streets at 5 pm, returning at 1 pm the next day to find it missing.

Party pinch

A jerk stole a purse from a party at a building on McKibbin Street on Jan. 4.

The 24-year-old victim told cops she put her purse down at the party in the lofts between McKibben and Seigel courts, but when she went to retrieve it at 4 am, it was not there.

— Eli Rosenberg

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