Today’s news:

POLICE BLOTTER

TOOL TIME: A 48-year-old man was taken into custody last week after he allegedly attacked an employee at an area Pathmark Supermarket with both a screwdriver and a hammer. Officials alleged that Miquel Corrila was inside the Pathmark, located at the corner of 12th Street and 2nd Avenue at 2:45 p.m. on January 30 when he began arguing with an employee. Witnesses alleged that Corrila began yelling and screaming at the employee, then pulled a screwdriver out of his pocket and threatened to stab him. The victim took the screwdriver off of Corrila, but was quite shocked when the obviously intoxicated suspect allegedly reached into another pocket, pulled out a hammer and attacked him with it. Area cops ultimately managed to apprehend Corrila, charging him with assault in the second degree, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. His victim, police said, was not seriously harmed. *** WHY STEAL WHEN YOU CAN RENT (AND NEVER GIVE BACK)? Cops are trying to track a phantom woman who rented a car with bogus identification and then sped into the wind with the vehicle, never to be seen again. Officials said that the woman rented a 2005 Camry from All Car Rental, 610 Warren Street on December 21. Everything seemed fine until the woman never returned with the car, officials said. On January 30, area investigators were told that the woman had still not returned with the car. When workers at All Car Rental and their parent company Citywide Auto Leasing at 1945 Utica Avenue tried to contact the woman, they learned that the number she gave them had been disconnected. Police believe that the woman’s home address on Madison Street and business address on the 500 block of 6th Street in Park Slope was fabricated as well. *** INDECENT PROPOSAL: A nine-year-old girl told police last week that someone took her cell phone and then offered to give it back only if she performed a sexual act on him. The child said that she was in a friend’s apartment on the 70 block of Henry Street at 7 p.m. on January 26 when the two people she was with, a boy and a girl, took her Nextel. The female friend said that she wouldn’t give it back unless she stripped down and “performed a sex act” on the boy. The girl claimed that the boy touched her privates through her clothes and would have done worse, if she didn’t bite him in the arm and run out of the apartment. Cops are currently investigating the young girl’s claims. *** SENIOR ROBBED ON WAY HOME: A 70-year-old woman was robbed of her purse and knocked to the ground as she walked down the 200 block of Sackett Street, officials said. Police said that she was walking home from the subway station at 4:30 p.m. on January 29 when the unidentified suspect grabbed her from behind. After a brief struggle, the suspect ripped the purse away from the elderly woman, causing her to fall to the ground. The victim suffered a cut and a bump to the head during the exchange, officials said. Witnesses told police that the thief, described as a 5’5”, 160-pound black male wearing a blue snorkel jacket with a hood ran down Sackett Street and disappeared in a parking lot near Court Street. Cops are asking anyone with information about this incident to come forward. Calls can be made to the 76th Precinct at (718) 834-3211. All calls will be kept confidential. *** CASH, JEWELRY TAKEN FROM HOME: Thieves broke into a home on the 100 block of 4th Place last week, taking $1000 in cash, $19,000 in jewelry…and a pair of sneakers, officials said. Police said that the thief entered the home through a side door sometime between noon and 2:30 p.m. The jewelry, he said, was found in a rear bedroom. Cops believe that the suspect exited the home through a front door. A five carat diamond bracelet was among the jewelry taken during the break-in, officials said. Police are investigating. *** 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.

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