Police Beat: 62nd, 68th and 72nd Precincts
COMPILED BY HEATHER J. CHIN AND MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK
Between Tuesday, February 4 and Sunday, February 9, the 68th Precinct received reports of three burglaries and two robberies. The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton.
On Sunday, February 9, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 2:50 a.m., two victims were walking to a deli near 90th Street and Gelston Avenue when they were approached by three unknown males. One of the unknown males demanded money and the second hit the victims over the head with a hammer. Both victims fell to the ground with injuries to the head.
The first perp held a firearm over the victims as the second held them down and the third emptied both victims’ pockets. All three perps then fled the scene with the victims’ Samsung S4 phone, a wallet, $200 and a Chase debit card.
On Monday, February 3, sometime between 1:30 and 1:35 a.m., a male was walking near 13th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue when an unknown male approached him from behind, put a knife to his back and said, “Give me your money.”
The suspect made off with the victim’s wallet, TD Bank debit card, $100 and a Breitling watch valued at approximately $10,000.
On Tuesday, February 4, sometime between 11:40 and 11:59 p.m., a Marine Avenue resident returned to his garage to find that an unknown perp had removed $1,000 snow-blower from the residence.
CITY WORKER SCAM
On Tuesday, February at approximately 2 p.m., a resident living near 68th Street and Colonial Road was outside shoveling snow when he was approached by an unknown male who claimed to be from the water company. The unknown male told the resident that he needed to check the residence’s pipes for damage.
The resident then escorted the unknown male into the basement and, while inside, heard footsteps on the first floor. The resident rushed upstairs to find two additional unknown males in his bedroom without permission. He then chased all three male suspects out of the house before anything could be stolen.
Between Sunday, February 2 and Saturday, February 8, the 72nd Precinct received reports of one assault, one robbery, one burglary and one larceny. The 72nd Precinct serves Sunset Park, South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights and Windsor Terrace.
On Monday, February 3, a 26-year-old male parked his Mazda 6 four-door sedan near East Fifth Street and Vanderbilt Street when he came home from work. At 11 a.m. the next day, the driver to find that someone had stolen a GPS, Ray Ban sunglasses and an iPod – worth $400 in total – from the inside of the vehicle.
On Friday, February 7 around 4:20 p.m., a 29-year-old Asian male was walking near Eighth Avenue and 50th Street when he was approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect then displayed a knife, pointed it at the victim and demanded money.
The suspect made off with $11 but was later apprehended by acting officers.
GREEN DOT VICTIM
On Saturday, February 8, a 38-year-old female residing near 48th Street and Fifth Avenue reported that, while searching for a phone number to have her laptop repaired, she dialed the wrong number and became part of the “Green Dot Scam.” The person on the other line requested she send the value of the computer ($2,000) via Green Dot MoneyPak in order to get her laptop serviced.
When she did not receive said service, she called back the number and was told that she had sent in the payment too late and that they were sending it back to her. The scammers then told the victim to send another payment in order to receive service. The victim sent a total of $4,000 via Green Dot MoneyPak.
This incident is still under investigation.
Between Tuesday, February 4 and Monday, February 10, the 62nd Precinct received reports of five burglaries, three felony assaults, seven robberies, eight grand larcenies and one auto theft. The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.
ROBBERY TURNS VIOLENT
An attempted robbery turned into a near-fatal encounter for a 33-year-old man, who was stabbed in the chest by one of three suspects and left with facial bruises and a punctured lung at the corner of 17th Avenue and 76th Street at around 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7, said police, who are searching for the three men, described as light-skinned Hispanic men in their early 20s.
The victim had been walking westbound on 76th Street toward New Utrecht Avenue when the suspects approached from behind, armed with a kitchen knife and threats of “Give me your money or I will stab you.”
The suspects fled northbound on New Utrecht Avenue and the knife was later recovered less than a block away, police said.
A 16-year-old teen told police that his 18-year-old brother punched him in the face and hit him in the arm with a chair during an argument over the victim’s alleged disrespect of their mother inside the family’s Bath Avenue and 17th Avenue home on Sunday, February 9.
A 58-year-old woman was reportedly pickpocketed of her Social Security card and Medicare card while standing at the bus stop at 86th Street and 18th Avenue bus stop at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 6, police said. A witness reportedly saw the suspect—wearing a grey sweatshirt and black jacket—open the woman’s purse and steal the wallet, but apparently didn’t say anything in time.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly holding a knife to the throat of a 31-year-old man and demanding money “or [else] I’m gonna stick you.” The incident occurred near the corner of 14th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue at around 8:43 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, and $55 in cash was stolen.
Police are searching for a 40-year-old woman who allegedly assaulted a customer and then stole $35 from her at a pharmacy at Bay Parkway near 71st Street at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4. The victim was reportedly punched in the back of the head with a closed fist and hit with a hard object wrapped in a bag.
A Hispanic man was grabbed around the neck from behind, pushed to the ground and robbed of his Guatemalan passport and wallet of $300 in cash at around 1 a.m. on Saturday, February 8 near the intersection of 21st Avenue and 86th Street, said police. The two suspects reportedly fled southbound on 21st Avenue.
A 22-year-old Hispanic man was walking near Cropsey Avenue and Bay 34th Street shortly after midnight on Monday, February 10, when a 30-year-old Hispanic man allegedly approached him from behind armed with a kitchen knife with a black handle and demanded “everything in [your] pocket [and] not to move or [I] will cut you.” The suspect then fled on foot with the victim’s cell phone and wallet.
A 30-year-old Middle Eastern man was allegedly lured out of his house, dragged into a car, punched, robbed and then pushed out of the car by two men in their 30s at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 9, near 86th Street and 23rd Avenue, said police. The victim told police that the men were armed with a black handgun and made off with $900 in cash, jewelry and a black wallet.
A 63-year-old man was allegedly hit with a bottle while walking home on Avenue U near West Sixth Street at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, leaving him with a cut to his left ear and face, said police.
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