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Graffiti Vandals Feel the Pinch

By Thomas Tracy

HE COMES IN TO FILL OUTAPPLICATION, HELPS HIMSELF TO A SET OF CLUBS: A man who visited the Dyker Heights Golf Course under the pretense of filling out a job application allegedly broke into a member’s locker, taking over $1700 in golf clubs, officials said. Police said that the would-be job hunter, identified as James McCloud, entered the course offices, located at the corner of 7th Avenue and 86th Street at 1:10 p.m. on June 12 and filled out an application for employment. As he left, workers said that McCloud allegedly opened a locker. He was in the process of taking a golf bag filled with nine-irons, putters and wedges when workers stopped him and called police, officials allege. Officials from the golf course said that McCloud’s chances for employment were “unlikely.” *** CABBIE ROBBED BY COUPLE: A cabbie taking a couple from Flatbush to Bay Ridge was robbed at gunpoint last week as he idled outside of a 93rd Street home, officials said. As of this writing, cops were still searching for the gun-toting couple, described only as a white male and a white female. The cabbie told police that he picked up the couple outside of 99 Church Avenue just after 1 a.m. on June 13. He took them to 93rd Street when the female suspect exited the car, telling her would-be beau, and the cabbie, to wait for her. As they waited, the male suspect allegedly pulled a gun, aiming it at the cabbie’s head. The gunman robbed the cabbie of $100 and fled, officials said. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential. *** CASH, JEWELRY TAKEN FROM HOME: Thieves broke into a 3rd Avenue home near 70th Street last week, taking $700 in cash and over $11,000 in jewelry, officials said. Police said that the victimized resident, a 28-year-old woman, left for work at about 9 a.m. on June 13. When she returned at 4:30 p.m. that evening, her front door was unlocked. Cops believe that the thieves busted their way through the front door, raided the place and left, leaving the front door ajar. *** HE CAN’T KEEP HIS NOSE CLEAN: A 35-year-old area man was arrested last week after he was allegedly caught shoplifting from a 4th Avenue Duane Reade. Officials alleged that James Codero punched a Duane Reade employee and had to be chased to Ovington Avenue before he was taken into custody, charged with robbery. Police said that the theft took place at 11:30 p.m. on June 13. Cordero was accused of stealing a box of Almay Stay Clean, officials said. *** ALL THAT GLITTERS: A thief broke into an area home last week, removing just two jewelry pieces, which together cost about $19,000, officials said. As of this writing, cops were still trying to figure out how the thief entered the home, located on the 300 block of 67th Street. Although there does not appear to be any signs of forced entry, officials believe that someone broke into the home sometime between 7:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on June 14. Once inside, the thief removed a Rolex watch, valued at $15,000 and a bracelet, valued at $4,000, officials said. Police are investigating. *** OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, READY TO PRESS CHARGES: A 34-year-old male went to the 68th Precinct last week claiming that he was attacked outside a bar at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 93rd Street last month. The victim claimed that he was standing at the corner, waiting for a cab at 8 p.m. on May 20 when two unidentified men grabbed him by the legs and pulled, sending him head first onto the concrete. The victim claimed that he suffered a skull fracture and a subdural hematoma as a result. The two suspects, described only as a white male and a black male, were not caught. The victim said that he reported the incident so late because he had just gotten out of the hospital. *** CAR, DRIVER SOUGHT IN HIT AND RUN: A red Suzuki with Connecticut plates is being sought for a near fatal hit and run in Borough Park last week, officials said. Police said that the victim, a 70-year-old man, was crossing near the corner of 12th Avenue and 49th Street at 6:30 p.m. on June 16 when the Suzuki sped through the intersection. The car struck the senior, who was “blasted” into the air and back across the intersection, officials said. The victim was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward. Tipsters could receive up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible. Calls can be made to the NYPD Crimestoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. *** MUGGER TERRIFIES WOMAN: Cops are looking for an unidentified black male who terrified a 19-year-old woman from Bay Ridge as he held her up at knifepoint. The shaken woman, who lives near the corner of 72nd Street and 4th Avenue, told police that she was walking past the corner of Avenue X and Haring Street at 3 p.m. on June 19 when the suspect grabbed her from behind and put a knife to her throat. The man took his victim’s purse, which contained $300 and her birth certificate, and ran off, leaving the woman a frantic mess. The woman told police that she walked all the way from Haring Street to Coney Island Avenue to report the incident at the 61st Precinct, officials said. *** COPS: LET US KNOW ABOUT FIREWORKS: Once again, the NYPD will be operating with a zero tolerance attitude toward fireworks, no matter how pretty they look in the sky. Anybody caught using fireworks will be arrested and the fireworks will be confiscated. Police constantly tell parents that they may think they’re doing their kid a favor when you purchase fireworks for them, but just the opposite is true. The cost of fireworks is relatively cheap, but the bill can add up when somebody winds up in the emergency room. There are too many stories about children being seriously injured by fireworks to refute the simple truth that fireworks are dangerous. If you think the police are overreacting, all you have to do is talk to the 12-year-old boy, whom while celebrating his team’s basketball championship lost an eye when he and his friends set off fireworks, officials said. One can also hear about the seven-year-old boy who lost half his left hand when he ignited an M-80 firework he found hidden in a family bedroom, they added. While fireworks are part of the Fourth of July experience, residents and their children should enjoy the work of trained professionals who put on fireworks shows around the city, police contend. Cops have already begun their anti-firework campaign, knowing that most dealers are already driving down south to purchase huge supplies of explosives that they can sell up here before Independence Day. Those who hear about someone who is selling or dealing fireworks should call a special tip line at (800) 347-3847. *** BEACH BOOZER BUSTED FOR CRYING WOLF: A Coney Island beachgoer was arrested last week for allegedly claiming that his friend had been taken under by the ocean’s harsh current. Police said that the man’s cries for help sparked a search and rescue operation where cops utilized aviation, the harbor patrol and the FDNY. Officials said that the suspect, who was not identified as this paper went to press, had been drinking with a friend and fell asleep at around noon on June 18. His friend went home, officials said. When he woke up, the suspect went to the police and reported him missing. The search for the phantom drowning victim went on for about an hour before it was called off. The suspect was taken into custody for not only falsely reporting a missing person, but for drinking in public. *** JUMPED WHILE RIDING BIKE: A 17-year-old was attacked by a group of blade-wielding brutes as he made his way down Avenue W in Sheepshead Bay Sunday morning, officials said. The victim said that he was passing 266 Avenue W at about 1:50 a.m. on June 19 when an unidentified male jumped him from behind. As he tried to fight the man off, the victim was slashed in the face and hands. He also sustained bruises to both eyes. Police said that, following the scuffle, the suspect ran to a black Pontiac Grand Am and sped off, officials said. Cops are currently looking for the assailant. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential. *** MUGGER TERRIFIES WOMAN: Cops are looking for an unidentified black male who terrified a 19-year-old woman from Bay Ridge as he held her up at knifepoint. The shaken woman, who lives near the corner of 72nd Street and 4th Avenue told police that she was walking past the corner of Avenue X and Haring Street at 3 p.m. on June 19 when the suspect grabbed her from behind and put a knife to her throat. The man took his victim’s purse, which contained $300 and her birth certificate, and ran off, leaving the woman a frantic mess. The woman told police that she walked all the way from Haring Street to Coney Island Avenue to report the incident at the 61st Precinct, officials said.

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