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Police Blotter: Cab Driver Robbed After Refusing to Drive Passengers

A roundup of police activity in the 81st Precinct

The NYPD Compstate report for the week of October 8 - October 14 in the 81st Precinct of Bed-Stuy, shows no increase nor decrease in crime (33 incidents versus 33 incidents), compared to this same week in 2011.

For the month, crime is down 11 percent (111 incidents versus 125 incidents), compared to this same time period last year. And year to date, crime is up 10 percent (1,220 incidents versus 1,110 incidents), compared to this same time period in 2011.

Five Robberies

On Monday, October 15, a 32-year-old woman reported she was robbed of her iPhone by an unknown teen at approximately 7:30am. According to reports, the woman was walking past 11 Stuyvesant Avenue talking on her phone, when the young boy passed her and then suddenly turned around, grabbed her phone and then fled the scene. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday, October 16, a 15-year-old boy reported his phone was taken from him front  1700 Fulton Street at approximately 8:50 a.m. According to police reports, the victim said he was walking down the street and had his phone out when two unknown males, described as black, ages 17-19, one had on a grey jacket; one had on a blue sweater, approached him and by physical force and a minor altercation, forced his phone from his hand and then ran down Fulton Street towards Marcus Garvey. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

On Friday, October 19, at approximately 12:40 a.m., on the corner of Lafayette and Lewis avenues, a 40-year-old man was accosted by three men and robbed of his belongings. According to police reports, the three males -- all in their 20s -- walked up to the guy and said, "Run your [stuff]." They then went through his pockets, took loose cash, his cell phone and his wallet. Someone walking nearby let the victim use his phone to call 911. Police picked up the victim, they canvassed the area and found the three suspects walking along Lewis, near Kosciuszko.  All three men were arrested.

On Saturday, October 20, a cab driver reported he was robbed and physically assaulted by three females and two unknown males. According to police reports, the driver pulled up in front of a corner store at the corner of Howard and Jefferson at approximately 5:00 a.m. The driver went inside of the store for a quick moment and said when he returned to his car, three unknown females had gotten intot he car and were asking the driver to take them to a location. When the driver refused, an altercation broke out and, according to the driver, the girls called two male friends to teh scene who then forcibly took $140, the driver's cell phone and punched him in the face. The victim could not provide a description of any of the suspects involved. No arrests have been made, and the investigation continues.

On Tuesday, October 23, at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 33-year-old woman was robbed of her cell phone in front 853 Halsey Street while walking home from the subway station. The suspect is described as a 14- to 16-year-old, black male. According to reports, the teen walked up to the victim, snatched her iPhone out of her hand and then down Halsey Street towards Howard Avenue. No arrests have been made, and the investigation continues.

Burglary

On Tuesday, October 23, at approximately 3:15 a.m., the house manager of a half-way house, located 66 Howard Avenue, reported his his first-floor residence was burglarized. The perpetrator was later identified by the house manager from security video as one of the residents. The video shows the suspect pushing in his air conditioner, and then climbing in and out of the window. The suspect stole $250, fled the scene and is currently on the run. The investigation continues.

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In the past, people didn't walk around holding out $300 in an open palm. Now everyone thinks it makes sense to have their smart phones visible everywhere in public. Hmmm.....
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