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This Week's Police Blotter: Car Owners Beware

Parked vehicles targeted for valuable auto parts in a half-dozen reported incidents in the past week.

This police blotter is compiled with information provided by the New York Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Robbery

  • A man identified by police as Emmanuel Newkirk, 18,  between Lafayette and Dekalb avenues on April 25 at 2:13 p.m. Police apprehended Newkirk near the scene minutes later. The victim was treated for bruises to her knee and hand.
  • While on the stairs with a key in the lock of her residence on Clifton Place on April 26 at 4:50 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown perp who threw her down the stairs by force while grabbing a bag from her shoulder. The thief fled eastbound on Clifton Place. A police search of the area failed to turn up the suspect.
  • Three males stopped a 28-year-old man while walking on Fulton Street near Downing Street and robbed him of his iPhone 4S on April 27 at 12:35 a.m. The perps fled eastbound on Fulton Street. The victim was not injured in the robbery.
  • As she exited the G line Classon Av station at Lafayette Avenue, a woman, 32, was grabbed and knocked to the ground from behind by an unknown perp on April 28 at 12:20 p.m. The thief then took her cellphone and pocketbook and fled into Lafayette Gardens Houses.

Assault

  • A man, 19, was jumped by a group of males and cut in the face with a box-cutter as he exited Fort Greene Park at N. Portland Avenue after playing basketball with a friend on April 24 at 5:05 p.m. An ambulance took the victim to Brooklyn Hospital for treatment.
  • A 16-year-old female student at  on Clermont Avenue spit in the eye and scratched the neck of an officer attempting to make an arrest on April 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • At an apartment on Hanson Place, a man told police that his ex-girlfriend hit him over the head with a wine bottle after an argument on April 27 at 3:30 a.m. The man received a cut to the top of his head but declined medical assistance.
  • On April 29 at 9:10 p.m., the common-law-husband of a 21-year-old woman put his hands around her neck and choked her at a residence at Navy Green on Clermont Avenue. When the woman tried to free herself, the man slapped her in the face two times.

Burglary

  • A city Department of Buildings employee reported his Panasonic laptop and Olympus digital camera stolen from his company vehicle parked on St. James Place between Greene Avenue and Clifton Place. The worker parked the vehicle on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. and returned later that morning to find the driver's side window smashed and the items missing.
  • Near Atlantic Center Mall on the evening of April 27, an employee of The Judge Rotenberry Educational Center returned to the company's parked car to find the rear driver's side window broken and a Dell laptop removed from the vehicle.
  • After locking her apartment at a building on Clinton Avenue and Fulton Street and departing for several days on April 11, a woman returned this week to find her Canon camera and a sterling silver ring missing. Police did not find signs of forced entry.
  • A woman returned to her Clinton Avenue residence on April 29 at 4 p.m. to find the back door jammed open, with an unknown red substance and two pet collars—one belonging to her cat and the other inscribed with two phone numbers and the word, "Bragket"—on the floor. The woman told police that no items had been taken from the house.

Grand larceny

  • A woman found the catalytic converter, oxygen sensor and exhaust pipe cut out and removed from her vehicle parked in the vicinity of 37 Vanderbilt Ave. on April 22 at 11 a.m.
  • A thief snatched a BlackBerry from a 13-year-old boy while he walked southbound on S. Portland Avenue on April 24 at 8:10 a.m.
  • In the North Hall Building at  on April 24, a school employee noticed wires dangling from the ceiling of a room where a projector used to be located. No signs of forced entry were found.
  • Four tires and rims were removed from a vehicle located on Washington Park sometime during the night of April 25 and the early morning hours of April 26.
  • A car owner found his car's catalytic converter missing on April 27 after taking the vehicle in for inspection. According to the owner, the car had been parked in the vicinity of Willoughby and Washington avenues. A day later, another car owner reported the same crime—this time, after parking the vehicle on Grand Avenue. The stated value of a catalytic converter, according to police? $1,200.
Joe Gonzalez May 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
It would not surprise me in the least if it turns out that all these converter devices being taken are being stolen by area auto shops. Who else needs or even uses those things? Better start checking out local auto shops for stolen auto parts. A few years ago there was this Brooklyn auto shop who was found to be smashing car windows and then making a mint running a window replacement business.

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