It was a pretty typical week for the officers keeping Fort Greene-Clinton Hill safe—which is say, filled with lots of chasing after perps targeting local residents for their Smartphones.
In total, there were seven incidents involving Apple products this week, further cementing 2012's status as the year of the iPhone swipe.
But don't let our snarky tone dissuade you from being vigilant on the streets, particularly when walking alone and at night. As 88th Precinct Capt. Scott Henderson wisely transmitted last week to The Local New York Times blog: "Be aware."
Ed. note: As is the case every week going back to 2010 (a.k.a. eternity), this blotter is compiled using information provided by the New York Police Department. It does not and will never ever indicate a conviction.
- An ex-boyfriend living with a 52-year-old woman at Ingersoll Houses finally left their shared residence—but not before stealing her Mac computer, knives, camera, fur coat and mixer. The unhappy discovery was made on Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.
- Thieves lifted a MacBook, Cannon camera, G-star pants and designer belts from a vehicle parked on South Portland Avenue near Dekalb on the afternoon of Oct. 8.
- A 72-year-old woman noticed her wallet with debit and credit cards missing from her bag upon exiting a B38 bus at Carlton and Lafayette avenues on Oct. 8 at 5:40 p.m.
- A resident of Tillary Street Woman’s Shelter discovered her wallet missing after placing on top of a locker before taking a shower on Oct. 7 at noon.
- After last using a TD Bank card at a grocery store on Sept. 12, a 58-year-old Clinton Hill woman found her account information had been used to withdraw $2,446.25 with her permission.
- As he attempted to enter 420 Clinton Ave. on Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., a 24-year-old man had his iPhone stolen from his hand by a well-dressed man wearing a navy blue blazer, tie and slacks with a name tag reading, “Kofi.”
- A woman came to the 88th Precinct stationhouse on Oct. 10 and told police that her driver’s license and debit card had been stolen from a wallet kept in a locker at Tillary Street Woman’s Shelter sometime during the night or early morning of Sept. 21-22.
- An Australian visitor discovered unknown perp(s) had used her cards after noticing her wallet missing after being out all day on Oct. 10.
- While doing laundry at Wash Cycle II on Myrtle Avenue on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., a man had his wallet stolen from a jacket placed on top of a machine next to the one he was using.
- After leaving her vehicle unlocked near 82 Washington Ave. a 21-year-old woman saw a visibly intoxicated man open her vehicle’s passenger side door and steal an iPod, ID and credit cards. She described the man as a black male, 5-foot-7, slim build with a shaved head.
- After losing his wallet near Ryerson Street and Park Avenue on Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m., a 22-year-old man discovered a purchase totaling $200 on one of his cards at a MetroCard vending machine.
- A 41-year-old man at Pratt Institute left his red Nike bag on the side of his desk on Oct. 10 at 9:15 a.m. only to return more than a hour later to find it open and a MacBook Pro stolen.
- On Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m., two perps snatched a 31-year-old man’s cellphone while he waited for a C train at Lafayette Av station. When the man tried to get his phone back, one of the perps simulated having a gun underneath his jacket, stealing $60. While walking away, one of the perps told the man, “Don’t come after us or say anything or we will shoot you.” Minutes later, transit police arrested one of the perps, a 16-year-old male, at the scene. Police later tracked the phone to a location at the corner of Marcy Avenue and Willoughby Street.
- Two suspects approached a victim walking west on Dekalb Avenue on Oct. 9 at 4:20 p.m. and asked to make a call on his phone. When he refused, the suspects punched him in the back of the head causing the victim to fall on his face. The suspects did not take the phone.
- Perps chased, restrained and then stole an Android phone from a 14-year-old male on Clermont Avenue near Fulton Street on Oct. 9 at 2:35 p.m. The perps then fled south towards Fulton.
- A 19-year-old male said five suspects asked him for money while he walked east on Dekalb Avenue near S. Oxford Street on Oct. 12 at 1:55 p.m. When he refused, the males attacked him, punching him in the stomach, face and legs. One of the perps then rifled through the man’s pants pockets and stole $335 in cash and earphones.
- After getting off a G train at Clinton-Washington Av station on his way to Arts and Letters Middle School on Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m., a 12-year-old boy had his cellphone and $5 cash stolen from a perp who then made him wait until another G train arrived so he could make his escape.
- An armed robber darted into a restaurant at 373 Waverly Ave. and took $200 in cash from a 55-year-old man on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. The perp then fled north on Waverly toward Lafayette Avenue.
- An unknown perp fired several rounds from a window at 330 Hudson Walk at police attempting to tow a vehicle at the location on Oct. 9 at 9:38 p.m. No officers were injuries. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The weapon may have been a BB gun.
- A man’s iPhone 4S and MacBook was stolen while he was taking a shower at his residence at on S. Oxford Street near Fulton Street on Oct. 9 at around 2 p.m.
- An apartment at Atlantic Terminal Houses belonging to a 58-year-old woman was discovered broken into on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. No items were reported stolen.
- $50 in cash was stolen out of a 67-year-old woman’s purse as she took a two-hour nap at her residence on Greene Avenue near Cambridge Place on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
- A 35-year-old woman returned home on Willoughby Avenue on Oct. 7 at 9:30 p.m. and discovered her iPad stolen. The woman found her bathroom door forced open and a screwdriver in a family member’s bedroom.
Grand Theft Auto
The following vehicles were reported stolen in Fort Greene-Clinton Hill in the past week:
- Unk make/model/year, 152 Dekalb Ave. (street parking location), Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.
- 2002 Ford Econoline, 201 Clinton Ave. (street parking location), Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.