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ARRESTED FOR ROBBING CORRECTIONS OFFICER: A 16-year-old was arrested for allegedly robbing an off-duty corrections officer as he entered his Bergen Beach home last week. Officials alleged that Jamel Rosa and an accomplice held up their victim the afternoon of May 1 on East 70th Street. Police alleged that Rosa’s accomplice trained a gun on the corrections officer while Rosa demanded his money. The officer handed over his cash, but refused Rosa when the teen allegedly demanded his bank card. Rosa allegedly told his accomplice to “shoot” the victim. Instead of following the orders, the suspect allegedly fled with Rosa in tow. The corrections officer called police, said officials. Cops from the 63rd Precinct tracked down and arrested Rosa a short time later, charging him with robbery. As of this writing, his accomplice remains at large. *** CUNNING CLEANING JOB: Police are looking for three hooligans who robbed an area laundromat at gunpoint last week. Police said that the suspects, described only as dark-skinned males, fled the store with over $700 in receipts following the brazen May 3 robbery. The victim, an employee at the laundry, located at 2948 Avenue R, said that he was about to close at 7 p.m. when one of the three suspects came in, asking how much it would cost to have his jacket cleaned. When the employee quoted a price, the suspect said that he lived nearby and would return in a few minutes with the money. A few minutes later, three men barged in, threw the employee against the wall and put a gun to his head. The suspects grabbed whatever money they could find and ran off, said police, who believe hat the “customer” was a scout for the robbery team. *** COURT CUTTING: A 14-year-old hoops player was attacked during a disagreement on the sidelines of an Avenue U basketball court, officials. The victim said that he was playing with his friends at 9:45 p.m. May 4 when an 18-year-old male approached, demanding to know why the victim had hit his girlfriend with the basketball. During the argument, the suspect threw the victim onto the floor, pulled a knife, and cut him with it, officials said. The teen was not seriously harmed, officials said. *** ROBBED OF DADDY’S CAR: A 23-year-old man said that he was knocked unconscious and car-jacked as he sat in his father’s 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante, enjoying a smoke, police were told last week. Cops are currently looking for the car. The victim claimed that he was at the corner of Avenue R and Coney Island Avenue, taking a drag from his cigarette when a stranger walked up to him and asked for a light. The stranger then slammed his fist into the victim’s face — knocking him out — dragged him out of the Mitsubishi and fled with the vehicle. *** LEFT BURNED: Cops are looking for a thief who broke into an area tanning salon, taking over $1000 in receipts. Police said that someone entered the Hollywood Tans at 1219 Quentin Road sometime after midnight on May 8. The thief entered the business by forcing open a bathroom window. The suspect reportedly removed $1366 from the store and fled, sometime before 2:30 a.m., when the burglary was first reported. Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call police at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential. *** ROBBED OF BIKE: A 12-year-old boy came home to tell his parents that someone robbed him of his bike as he pedaled through Kelly Park in Midwood, officials said. The victim said that he was in the park, located at the corner of Avenue S and East 16th Street at 7 p.m. on May 1 when the unidentified suspect knocked him off his wheels. The thief jumped onto the bike, a Real line BMX, valued at $270, and sped off with it, officials said. Police are investigating. *** HAIRY SITUATION: Thieves broke into Fettan’s Hair Salon, 1221 Quentin Road, last week, taking $730 in receipts, officials said. Police said that the break in took place sometime after the salon closed at 10:30 p.m. on May 6 and 8:20 the following morning. Cops did not disclose just how the thief entered the premises. *** THIEVES BREAK INTO AVE. T HOME: Over $700 in jewelry was removed from an apartment on the 1600 block of Avenue T last week, police said. The 33-year-old victim claimed that she left her home at 6 a.m. on May 6. When she returned, she noticed that someone had come in through the rear window, fleeing with the jewelry, as well as $350 in cash. Cops are currently looking for the culprit. Anyone with information regarding the burglar’s whereabouts is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential. *** TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: Cops have arrested two people for allegedly selling drugs at the corner of East 23rd Street and Avenue U. Officials said that Chris Nolan, 23, of 1801 Avenue U and Leital Levy, 18, of 1874 East 27th Street were both taken into custody on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after cops allegedly saw them in a “drug buy.” The two area residents were taken into custody just before 1:30 a.m. on May 6. *** STICKY FINGERS TURN TO FISTS: A 53-year-old alleged shoplifter was arrested last week, when, after being caught by security, decided to fight off the police officers called to question her. The woman, identified as Geraldine Cousins of 253 East 48th Street, East Flatbush, was charged with resisting arrest after it allegedly took three police officers to subdue and handcuff her on May 3. Officials said that Cousins was inside a neighborhood pharmacy at 1720 Kings Highway at 2 p.m. when a security guard allegedly saw her put an item into her bag. The guard stopped her just as she was about to exit and asked for the police to come, officials said. When cops arrived, Cousins allegedly refused to give her name and began punching and kicking the officers as they tried to take her into custody on petit larceny charges. Cousins was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property, officials said. *** ALONG COMES THE CREEPER: A thief crept into a 33-year-old woman’s Avenue U home as she went on a short holiday last week, officials said. Police said the suspect entered the home sometime between noon on April 28 and 11 p.m. the following day through a window. Once inside, the thief reportedly double locked the apartment door to secure his privacy, grabbed a camera and a walkie-talkie set and fled, officials said. Cops are currently trying to track the culprit down. *** BURGLARIZED DURING DINNER: Thieves broke into a Midwood home last week during the hour and 40 minutes it took their 47-year-old victim to go out and have some dinner, officials said. Police are currently looking for the burglars, who managed to break inside the East 5th Street home, rifle through everything and flee with over $500 in cash and a gold necklace before spiriting out the kitchen window. The victim told police that she left her home at about 7 p.m. on April 22. When she returned at about 8:40 p.m., she was greeted with a wide-open kitchen window and a ransacked apartment, officials said. Cops are currently looking for the burglar. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential. *** COPS: HELP CLEAN UP GRAFFITI WHILE EARNING SOME GREEN: As the ongoing war against graffiti vandals continues, cops are now offering up to $500 in reward money to anyone who can offer them information that can lead them to anyone who commits graffiti vandalism. The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti vandals. Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police. Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners. According to police there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution. Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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