Below the belt
Police collared a guy they say
pleasured himself in front of a
woman on the subway before violently
robbing her, at Dekalb Avenue
on Jan. 10.
The victim told cops she was riding
a Coney Island-bound Q train
near Flatbush Avenue Ext. at midnight
when the suspect allegedly
masturbated in front of her.
She told him he will get arrested
for that and took her phone out to
snap a picture of him, before he allegedly
lunged at her, punching
her in the face, pushing her to the
ground, and grabbing her phone, according
to police reports.
When the victim tried to get her
cell phone back the suspect allegedly
said, “This is my phone now,
and you’re trying to steal it from
me,” before fl eeing out of the train
station, police said.
Cops canvassed the area and
picked up the suspect on Myrtle and
Washington avenues, slapping him
with felony robbery charges, according
to the authorities.
Some nogoodnik looted a Pacifi c
Street apartment on Jan. 6.
The victim told police that, at
Third Avenue at 10:30 am, the rustler
snuck in through an open garage
door took an iPad, diaper bag, a
baby sling, shoes, and baby clothes.
Filchers raided a woman’s hotel
room on Schermerhorn Street the
night of Jan. 9.
The victim told cops that, between
Nevins and Bond streets,
they left their lodge at 11 pm and
when they came back at 6 am, someone
had ransacked it and taken
A charlatan stole $20,000 using
a College Place woman’s checkbook
from Nov. 1-Jan. 3.
The victim told police that, near
Love Lane at noon, the suspect stole
her checkbook and wrote several
checks to themselves totaling the
Took a shot
Package thieves took more than
$21,000 worth of camera equipment
from a Jay Street building on Dec.
The victim told police that, between
Plymouth and John streets at
3:30 pm, the bandit bagged a packaged
camera, lens, case, walkie talkies,
and batteries from the offi ce.
COURIER L 8 IFE, JANUARY 15-21, 2021
Two-alarm blaze rips up
Firefi ghters battle a two-alarm fi re on Monroe Street Monday night.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Police arrested a suspect they
say shoplifted at an Albee Square
W. department store on Jan. 7.
Employees told police that, near
the Fulton Mall at 9:20 am, the defendant
tried to take hand bags, jewelry,
greeting cards, and a six-pack
of soda before cops collared the suspect
for felony grand larceny.
FORT GREENE-CLINTON HILL
Veni, vidi, vino
Police are on the hunt for a bandit
who stole booze from a Fulton
Street liquor store on Jan. 5.
The victim told cops that, at St
Felix Street at 2:35 pm, the hooch
looter nabbed a bottle of wine while
simulating a gun through his jacket,
before making a run for it.
A posse of goons ambushed a
man on Dekalb Avenue in the early
hours of Jan. 6.
The victim told police that, between
Washington Park and Carlton
Avenue at 12:45 am, the trio
walked up from behind and asked
him for a smoke, before pulling him
to the ground and kicking him.
The ruffi ans stole snatched his
wallet and fl ed to Fort Greene Park,
according to police reports.
Some scumbag pushed and
robbed his ex-girlfriend on Cumberland
Walk on Jan. 8.
The victim told cops that, near
Carlton and Myrtle avenues just
after 4 am, her former beau wrestled
her to the ground and took her
phone from her car before fl eeing
Police arrested a woman they
say punched an elderly man at the
suspects Adelphi Street home on
The victim, 66, told police that,
between Myrtle and Park avenues
around 11:10 pm, the defendant allegedly
punched him in the face and
body before grabbing his right arm.
Cops arrested the woman on the
scene for felony assault charges
at 11:40 pm, according to police reports.
A thief made off with almost
$170,000 worth of camera equipment
from a Grand Avenue storage facility
between Dec. 17-Jan 5.
The victim told cops that, at noon
on the latter date, he found that
someone had replaced his lock at
the site at Park Avenue.
When he got access to his locker,
he found someone had rearranged
and taken cameras, lenses, accessories,
and audio equipment worth
$169,500 from the lot, according to
— Kevin Duggan
Some wack job smacked a mailman
in the head on Bay 41st Street
on Jan. 8.
The employee told cops that the
assailant started following him
as he was delivering mail for the
United States Postal Service between
Bath and Benson avenues at
9:30 pm and said, “What you said?”
before hitting the worker with an
The attacker ran off, and the
mailman suffered minor lacerations
and pain to his head, authorities
Some lowlife broke into a woman’s
84th Street house and stole her
belongings sometime between Jan.
8 and Jan. 9.
The victim told cops that she left
her house between 16th and 17th avenues
at 10 am on Jan. 8 and returned
drunk at 5 am the next morning.
When she woke up at 6 pm that evening,
she realized that a bandit had
nabbed clothes, sneakers, purses,
and a book bag from her closet, she
— Rose Adams
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
A fi re broke out in a Brooklyn
brownstone that appeared to
be home to squatters on Monday
At around 7:45 pm on Jan. 11,
FDNY responded to a call regarding
a fi re at 283 Monroe St. in Bedford
Stuyvesant. First responders
rushed to the second and third
fl oors and the roof of the building,
which was under renovation.
“This is one of the worst fi res
I’ve seen on this block. There was
fi re everywhere,” said neighbor
The call escalated to a twoalarm
fi re at 7:55 pm when the
blaze started to spread to adjoining
properties. The fi re was
brought under control by 10 pm.
One fi refi ghter suffered injuries
as a result and was taken to an
FDNY Assistant Chief Joseph
Jardin said after the fi re that
there may have been squatters living
in the building — an allegation
echoed by locals.
“There were squatters in and
out of the building,” said Either
Nelson. “We’ve called the Buildings
Department several times.”
The cause of the fi re in under