School Thief Strikes Again?: This Week's Police Blotter

Community Roots Charter hit just weeks after a similar incident at Achievement First Endeavor Academy.


  • On May 22 at 8:40 p.m., a two unknown perps approached a 26-year-old white male near the intersection of Irving Place and Putnam Avenue, struck him in the face and stole his iPhone. The victim, who received cuts to his mouth and hands, told police that the perps fled eastbound towards Classon Avenue.
  • While sitting on the stairs to an apartment on Cumberland Street on May 22 at 11 p.m., two perps came up to two victims and demanded that they “drop everything on the floor.” One of the robbers simulated having a gun underneath his clothes. The perps then took the items, which included keys, a BlackBerry Curve, a G Shock watch and a Samsung Moment smartphone. Both robbers fled north on Cumberland and then west on Lafayette Avenue.
  • As she walked from York St subway station through Farragut Houses on Sands Street, a 25-year-old woman saw two men talking. As she continued home, she noticed that one of the men was following her. After crossing the street in order to avoid the suspect, the man continued to follow, stating, “Give me the money” and “Give me the cash b**ch.” The suspect then told her she had “five seconds” while lifting up his shirt to reveal a silver handgun with a black grip. The robber made off with $28 in cash. The woman was not injured.
  • Police arrested the teenage males and charged them with snatching a woman’s Samsung cellphone on May 25 at 9:30 p.m. The three suspects, age 15, 14 and 15, were apprehended at 82 St. Edwards St. at Whitman Houses after a chase through Fort Greene Park.
  • A 15-year-old was arrested and charged on May 26 with robbing a 31-year-old woman’s wallet, purse, phone, eyeglasses and sweater while simulating having a firearm at Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues on the night of May 25 at around 11:50 p.m.
  • As he tried to enter his building on Greene Avenue on May 26 at 2 a.m., a 29-year-old man was approached by a perp who first asked him for the time and then told him to hand over his phone. When the man resisted, the perp threatened to stab him with a glass shard if didn’t comply. The robber then grabbed the victim’s iPhone and an unspecified amount of cash and fled westbound on Greene.


  • On May 17 at 10 p.m., a man hit the 34-year-old mother of his baby with a bottle at a residence at 140 S. Portland Ave. The officer responding to the scene did not report any visible injuries.
  • A mother got caught in the crossfire at Whitman Houses on May 23 at 4:55 p.m. when she got hit in the face with a ceramic bowl during a fight between her son and daughter. The mom received a cut above her left eye.


  • A resident of an apartment on Washington Avenue reported several stolen items including a 2010 Ford Escape, iPad 3 and several credit cards on May 24. The victim, a 53-year-old man, told police that the items were taken sometime between 11 p.m. on May 23 and the morning of May 24. Possible point of entry was through the front door.
  • A MacBook Pro and $10 cash was taken from a classroom at Community Roots Charter School at 51 St. Edwards St. sometime between 4:30 p.m. on May 23 and 7:50 a.m. on May 24. Several rooms were ransacked; however, no signs of forced entry were found. The robbery comes just weeks after at Achievement First Endeavor School in Clinton Hill. .


  • A suspect made off with $1,200 in Victoria Secret body bras at the store’s Atlantic Terminal Mall location on May 25 at 3:50 p.m. A store employee says video surveillance caught the thief in the act.
  • While purchasing a Metrocard from a machine at Nevins Street station on May 26 at 11:15 a.m., a 24-year-old woman had her wallet stolen from her left hand. Police described the suspect as a black male, 19-22 years old, 6-foot tall and approximately 170 pounds wearing a navy blue and black-checkered shirt and dark colored pants.
  • A 67-year-old Willoughby Street resident discovered a check for 20,000 in his name cashed at a place of business in Greenwood, Ind. on May 26. The check was made payable to “Norris Fletcher” and was cashed on May 18.
  • As he walked out of Atlantic Terminal LIRR station on May 20 at 3:46 p.m., a 70-year-old man noticed his wallet was missing from his right cargo pant pocket. The man told police he doesn’t know where he was pickpocketed.
  • A business owner sharing a commercial space with Cake Man Raven on 708 Fulton St. told police that a MacBook was stolen from an office on May 22 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Police charged Brandon Nevarez, 24, with pocketing a $1,073.60 delivery payment that belonged to his employer, A-1 Poly, Inc., of 24 Steuben St. on May 24.
  • A shopper at Target discovered her wallet missing moments after placing it under her purse placed on top of a counter on May 26 at 1:27 p.m. Store security told the woman they saw the man that took the wallet via their video surveillance system.
  • While walking home on Myrtle Avenue near St. Edwards Street on May, a 17-year-old female had her cellphone taken from her hand by an unknown perp. 

Car/vehicle thefts

  • A 1999 Mercury Mountaineer was reported stolen from a street parking space in the vicinity of 339 Grand Ave. on May 22.
  • After leaving his 2002 Acura running with keys in the ignition in front of on May 24 at around 2:30 p.m., an unknown perp drove away and later crashed into another vehicle at Park Avenue and Steuben Street. The perp then exited the vehicle and fled the scene.
  • A 2000 Honda Accord was reported stolen from a street parking space in the vicinity of 85 S. Portland Ave. on May 26. Car was last seen on May 24 at 10:30 p.m.


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