In Fort Greene-Clinton Hill, it was a week dominated by a rash of iPhone thefts, as well as the Sept. 16 shooting of a man hanging out with friends underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
In total, there were six felony robberies involving iPhones—from Grand Avenue to Flatbush Avenue Ext. in two separate incidents occurring on Sept. 20.
And it looks like cops at the 88th Precinct, which covers Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, will be just as busy in the weeks and months to come.
Last Friday, the iPhone 5 made its debut.
Odds are it won't be long until the coveted device makes a less celebrated debut on Patch's police blotter.
Ed. note: This blotter is compiled using information provided by the New York Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
- A 31-year-old man was shot in the leg after an unknown assailant opened fire on him and a group of friends hanging out underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between N. Portland and N. Oxford on Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. The victim told police that he was hit as he started to run away. The man collapsed at Clermont and Flushing avenues. He was taken by ambulance to Kings County Hospital. According to police, the suspect is still at large.
- Police arrested a 29-year-old woman for hitting another woman, 18, on the right arm with a stick at a residence at 89 Waverly Ave. on Sept. 17 at 1:25 p.m.
- Alvin Brown, 25, was arrested for hitting a stranger in the back of the head with a pistol near 137 Carlton Ave. on Sept. 17 at 11 p.m. The victim, a 42-year-old man, told police that Brown yelled, “Chavez,” and then clubbed him with the pistol from behind. Brown then fled north on Carlton Avenue into Fort Greene Houses. Police arrested Brown on Sept. 24 in the vicinity of 35 Nostrand Ave.
- An unknown perp hit a 52-year-old resident of Tillary Street Women’s Shelter with a padlock on the head on Sept. 19 at 5:15 p.m. The perp then fled in an unknown direction. The woman received medical treatment at the scene.
- A man, 65, incurred the wrath of a female driver mad about him not letting her vehicle move in front of his on Dekalb Avenue near Adelphi Street on Sept. 20 at 11:15 a.m. The woman, who was driving with New York license plates, threw a bottle into the open window of the man’s vehicle, hitting him in the right temple.
- A disgruntled employee of Bamboo Lounge on Myrtle Avenue assaulted the club’s security guard with his own flashlight after the guard handed over back wages on Sept. 22 at 3:05 a.m. The perp became enraged when he found out the money was less than expected.
- Three suspects approached a 16-year-old male while he was walking home from school on Clermont Avenue on Sept. 14 at 3:20 p.m. and started rifling through his pockets. The suspects then took the teen’s cellphone, debit card, Metrocard, ID and iPhone 4. A second victim told police that he took his cellphone out of his pocket and gave it to the perps.
- Police arrested a 30-year-old male for attempting to rob a man, 42, on Myrtle Avenue and Emerson Place on Sept. 19 at 8:55 p.m.
- A 17-year-old was arrested for robbing a 19-year-old man at a deli at the corner of Grand Avenue and St. James Place on Sept. 20 at 1:55 a.m. The victim, along with another man, was at the store when two suspects jumped in front of them and simulated having a firearm. One of the suspects then said, “This is how it’s going to work … Give us everything you got.” The 19-year-old then handed over cash and his iPhone. The perps fled east on Lafayette Avenue, with one of the suspects apprehended the next day.
- Two males approached a teen sitting on a bench near a playground on the north side of Fort Greene Park on Sept. 20 at 3:10 p.m. and took his iPod and Dr. Dre Beats headphones.
- Two unknown perps came up to a 26-year-old man from behind and tried to snatch his iPhone as walked on Ashland Place near Myrtle Avenue on Sept. 20 at 8:45 p.m. The man then punched the would-be robber and ran away.
- A 17-year-old female twisted the arm of a woman, 22, threw her to the ground and stole her iPhone on Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue Ext. near Dekalb Avenue. Police apprehended the teen on nearby Willoughby Street minutes later. The phone was recovered at the scene.
- A 29-year-old woman told police that a black male stole her iPhone and then ran into the Brooklyn School For Career Development on Clermont Avenue on Sept. 21 at 9:40 a.m. A school official said there is video footage of the suspect running into the building. The perp later fled the location before police arrived.
- Upon returning to her apartment on Grand Avenue near Putnam, a 26-year-old woman discovered her deadbolted front door unlocked and an iMac and wireless keyboard missing on Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The woman told police that she had locked the door when she left the house at 8:30 a.m.
- A 33-year-old man had his passport, two laptops, debit and credit cards stolen from his apartment on Washington Avenue near Myrtle on Sept. 21. The man discovered the items missing after returning from work at 7 p.m.
- A resident of an apartment on Washington Avenue near Dekalb found his lock damaged and door ajar on Sept. 21 at 9:40 p.m. The man, 34, later discovered $5,600 in electronics missing from his apartment.
- Unknown perp(s) tried to force their way into the front door of an apartment at in the same Washington Avenue building on Sept. 21. No items were reported stolen.
- An Apple laptop, wallet and duffle bag were stolen in the third incident reported at a Washington Avenue apartment building on Sept. 21. The owner discovered the theft after finding the lock damaged and door pried open.
- Police arrested two men, aged 48 and 40,for violating a city Marshall’s notice posted on the door of 132 Cambridge Place on Sept. 22 at 1 a.m.
- An unknown perp climbed into a second floor window of an apartment on Washington Avenue near Dekalb [Ed. note: not the same building as those listed above] and stole a Sony laptop, a Mac Air laptop and a green backpack on Sept. 22 at around 3:50 p.m.
- A 21-year-old woman was arrested after trying to use a forged American Express card and Pennsylvania driver’s license to pay a $149 tab at Mullane’s on Lafayette Avenue on Sept. 19 at 7:55 p.m.
- An unknown perp stole a PlayStation 3, laptop and beat machine from a room at Auburn Family Shelter on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. The room was unlocked and accessible by other residents.
- A woman’s iPhone, debit and Starbucks gift card was swiped from a street location on Hanson Place and Fulton Street on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Perp south on S. Oxford Street toward Atlantic Avenue.
- While standing in front of Applebee’s on Flatbush Avenue Ext., a woman had her purse, cash, ID and—perhaps most importantly—her dentures stolen by an unknown perp.
- An unknown person removed $12,800 in cash from a 28-year-old Clinton Hill man’s savings account without permission on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.
- After leaving her laptop in a room at Pratt Institute’s East Hall on Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m., a 19-year-old female returned an hour-and-a-half later to find the computer missing. The woman told police that the door was closed and unlocked, with public access to East Hall through Main Hall.
- After placing a handbag on a shelf while shopping at Old Navy at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m., a 45-year-old woman discovered it stolen minutes later.
Grand Theft Auto
The following vehicle were reported stolen in the 88th Precinct in the past week:
- 2000 Honda Accord from a street spot at 294 Lafayette Avenue on Sept. 14.
- 1998 Nissan Maxima from a street spot at 77 Hanson Place on Sept. 20.