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Daytime Burglaries and iPhone Thefts: This Week's Police Blotter

Also: Electronics, bicycles and debit cards draw thieves.

The following information comes from police reports from the 88th Precinct of the NYPD. It does not indicate a conviction.

One apartment building near the intersection of Clinton Ave. and Dekalb Ave. became the target of three break-in attempts on September 24 and 25. Luckily none were quite successful.

Residents elsewhere in the neighborhood weren't so lucky however, with one felon going so far as to invade an apartment in the middle of the night, making off with $80 in cash.

On the streets iPhones and other popular electronics remain favorite targets of robbers.

And two people were the victims of debit card fraud, one of whom believed it was taken by a livery cab driver.

Burglaries

Burglars struck an apartment building near the intersection of Clinton Ave. and Dekalb Ave. three times between September 24 and 25, at least two of which were during the day. The locks and doors on three units were "significantly" damaged according to police reports, but no entry was made.

However there was a successful break-in on September 24 at a building across the street, where a 36-year-old man returned home to find the locks to his apartment broken open. Taken were a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, a camera, and jewelry.

On September 29 a 36-year-old woman living in a building near the intersection of Grand Ave. and Lexington Ave. told police that when she left her bedroom during the evening of September 29 she found her front door wedged open with a box she owned, and $80 missing from her wallet. She said she had lost the keys to her apartment on September 25. Cameras in the building did not record the event.

Robberies

On September 25 at about 9:00 p.m. a 29-year-old man was approached from behind near the intersection of Gates Ave. and Downing St. by attackers who punched him in the face and pulled his hood over his eyes, preventing him from identifying them. The thieves made off with his iPhone and wallet.

On September 25 at about 3:30 p.m. a 13-year-old male was cornered on a playground at Adelphi St. and Dekalb Ave. when he was cornered by two thieves who demanded money. They made off with the young man's Louis Vuitton belt worth $300.

On September 27 a 36-year-old woman who was walking on St. Felix St. near Lafayette Ave. at about 10:00 a.m. when she was struck on the head from behind by a thief who stole her iPhone 4. The bandit fled on foot towards Fort Greene Pl. and Fulton St.

On September 29 at about 3:00 a.m. a 24-year-old man was inside a deli at the corner of Fulton St. and Clinton Ave. when a man who was already inside left and came back with two others who demanded the victim's money. When the victim refused to cooperate, one of the robbers grabbed his cell phone and smashed it on the floor, before the three fled east on Fulton Ave.

Larcenies

On September 22 a 29-year-old male resident of South Oxford St. noticed $1,600 in unauthorized charges on his debit card. He said the last time he had used it was to pay a livery cab, and said that after filing the initial report he realized the card the driver had given him was not his.

On September 23 at about 2:00 p.m., a car was broken into near the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and South Oxford St. Stolen items include a Longchamp bag, a paycheck, New York driver's license, house keys, and a debit card.

On September 25 at about 4:00 p.m., near the intersection of Dekalb Ave. and Classon Ave., a thief stole an iPhone from from a 13-year-old female before fleeing.

On September 26 in Fort Greene Park, a 32-year-old woman was sitting in the grass when a thief stole her MacBook worth about $1,300. The NYPD attempted to track her laptop, but the victim did not remember her password.

On September 26 a 48-year-old male resident of Fulton Ave. reported that unknown identity thieves had opened a fraudulent AT&T account in his name and racked up a $2,203 bill.

On September 26 at about 8:30 a.m., a 38-year-old woman living near the intersection of Fulton St. and St. James Pl. left her apartment door unlocked so building maintenance could enter while she was at work. When she returned she said two gold rings were missing, worth about $1,400.

On September 27 a 51-year-old woman reported that unknown thieves had used her debit card for about $3,730 in fraudulent charges. Her bank did not hold her liable for the bill.

On September 28 at about 10:30 p.m., a 26-year-old woman said she had four bikes plus accessories stolen near the intersection of Putnam Ave. and Downing St., worth $2,410.

On September 28 at about 2:00 p.m. the operator of a bar near St. Felix St. and Lafayette Ave. found that six round white LED lights worth about $3,000 were missing from inside. There were no signs of forced entry.

On September 29 a 36-year-old man found that two bikes worth about $2,400 which he had locked behind a gate on St. Felix St. between Lafayette Ave. and Hanson Pl. several days prior were missing. The gate was locked and undamaged.

On September 30 at about 7:15 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was waiting on a bench near Fleet St. and Fleet Pl. for a family member to pick her up in a car. When she went to meet the car at Flatbush Ave. and Willoughby St. she realized she had forgotten her bag and went back but the bag was already gone. Stolen were a purple Marc Jacobs bag, a MacBook and a Nikon camera for a total of about $2,800.

On September 30 at about 10:30, a 63-year-old man returned to the intersection of Grand Ave. and Fulton St. where his 1988 Toyota Cressida was parked but found it gone.

Assault

On September 25 at about 4:00 p.m., police say a 24-year-old man as struck in the head with a child's toy causing forehead lacerations while arguing with Salina A. Clark, 34, over money regarding their mutual children. Clark was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

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