A Severed Thumb on St. James Place: This Week's Police Blotter

Man, 40, loses one of his fingers during an argument last week.

Things seemed to cool off in the 88th Precinct, which covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, with 26 reported felonies in the past seven days—.

But that doesn't mean there weren't robberies, burglaries and a few assaults to take note of. That list includes a 40-year-old man's thumb being severed during an argument on St. James Place on Aug. 27 and a couple's frightening experience as they were surrounded and robbed by two thugs while they tried to get out of their car on Navy Street on Aug. 28.

Please note: This blotter is compiled using information provided by the New York Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.


  • While walking to a friend’s house on Dekalb Avenue and S. Elliott Place on Aug 26 at 11:20 p.m., a 16-year-old male was hit in the back of his head and robbed of his cellphone, wallet and house keys by an unknown perp. The teen was later taken to Long Island College Hospital by his parents.
  • Two thugs robbed a couple as they tried to get out of their car at Navy Street and Park Avenue on Aug. 27 at 11 p.m. One of the perps stood in front of the car while the other came up to the passenger side and said, “Shut off your car. Give me your wallet and your phone.” The thieves then fled southbound on Navy Street with their wallets and their phones.
  • A 27-year-old woman had her iPhone snatched from her hand as she walked down Classon Avenue near Lafayette Avenue on Aug. 27 at 7:35 p.m
  • As she walked north on Classon Avenue from Lafayette Avenue with a friend on Sept. 2 at around 5 a.m., a 21-year-old woman had her purse snatched by an unknown perp who then fled into Lafayette Houses across the street.


  • During a dispute at 218 St. James Place on Aug. 27 at 5:32 p.m., Michael Plummer, 24, severed a 40-year-old’s right thumb with a sharpened metal rod. The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.  Plummer was booked for assault at the on Classon Avenue.
  • A 30-year-old told police that a person she knew slashed her on the right arm with a knife while she was inside at 339 Myrtle Ave. on Aug. 27 at 8:10 p.m.  The woman was taken to for treatment.
  • As he argued with his 27-year-old girlfriend over their son, a man grabbed a fan and struck her on the arm at a residence in on Aug. 29 at 8:53 p.m. Police said there were no visible injuries to the victim. A vertical search of the building did not turn up the boyfriend.
  • A 34-year-old woman took revenge on her husband for pushing their daughter during an argument by hitting him over the head with a cooking pot at their Washington Avenue home on Sept. 1 at around 5 a.m. Police later arrested the woman.


  • A woman returning to her home on Washington Avenue near Willoughby Avenue on Aug. 27 to find her door’s lock broken and a Leica, $1,200 in cash and her wallet stolen. Residents nearby told police they didn’t hear or see anything unusual.
  • After being gone for 10 days, a 37-year-old man came back to his house on Adelphi Street near Myrtle Avenue on Aug. 27 and found his rear side window left unlocked and an HP laptop missing.
  • Police think the perp(s) responsible for stealing a pair of laptops and camera from a second floor apartment on Fulton Street near Waverly Avenue might have scaled a fire escape sometime during the night or early morning of Aug. 27-28.
  • A resident at Whitman Houses discovered her apartment door tampered with and doorframe bent on Aug. 29 at 8 a.m. The damage totaled $250.
  • More than $6,500 in electronics was stolen from an apartment on S. Portland Avenue near Lafayette Avenue sometime between noon and 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. Police think the point of entry was the unit’s front door.
  • A back bicycle and cash was taken from an apartment on Grand Avenue near Putnam Avenue on the evening of Aug. 29.
  • After leaving his laptop on his car’s dashboard on Ashland Place, a man returned to the vehicle to discover the item stolen on Aug. 31 at 11:40 a.m. The car was locked with the windows cracked open.


  • A pair of scammers took in a 78-year-old woman in a scheme on Aug. 27 involving sharing a claim on lost money found in a wallet. When the elderly woman tried to collect the money, the pair led her into a brown-colored vehicle and told her that they needed help to send a daughter to Europe. One the perps then brought her to a Citibank at 151 Vanderbilt Ave. where she withdrew $3,500 in cash as well as $265 on her person. The perps then drove off with the money.
  • While shopping at Daffy’s at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Aug. 28 at around 1:30 p.m., a woman noticed her purse was missing. The bag was last seen hanging on her baby’s stroller.
  • A Clinton Hill woman, 57, found out her T-Mobile service had been disconnected on Aug. 28 due to an outstanding bill connected to another cellphone account that was opened fraudulently using her personal information.
  • Police arrested a 25-year-old on Aug. 29 for stealing $36,000 worth of tuna from a warehouse at 12 Hall St. The man confessed after being captured on video committing the crime.
  • The owner of a car parked near 137 Clermont Ave. discovered a Toshiba laptop, clothing and keys stolen from his vehicle on Aug. 30 at 3:50 p.m.
  • A woman doing physical therapy at a doctor’s office on Dekalb Avenue on Aug. 31 returned to the waiting room to find her purse and wallet missing. Unknown perp(s) later made three purchases of $20 at a Metrocard vending machine.
  • A man returned to his car parked at Waverly and Park avenues on Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. to find his passenger side window smashed and a pair of prescription glasses and Oakley sunglasses missing.
  • Sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, a thief made off with a TV and two DVD players by exiting the store through a fire door with no alarm.
  • While shopping at Mandee’s at Atlantic Terminal Mall, a woman had her iPhone stolen from her purse on Sept. 2 at 6:50 p.m. The store has multiple security cameras that might have caught the thief in the act.

Grand Theft Auto

  • A National Grid worker returned to a street parking space at 119 Clinton Ave. to find his company car, a 2007 Ford Econoline, missing on Aug. 30 at 11 a.m.
  • After leaving his Suzuki motorcycle at 410 Clinton Ave., the owner returned Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. to find it missing.


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