Crime Blotter: Gang Jumps Two For A Wallet, A Rash Of Break Ins & More

Crime Blotter: Gang Jumps Two For A Wallet, A Rash Of Break Ins & More
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18 felonies and two arrests were reported in the 88th Precinct between June 28 and July 6. More details on those crimes, including grand larceny, muggings, and more, below.

Nine vs Two at White Castle

A man and a woman were beaten by a group of five women and four men outside White Castle (959 Atlantic Avenue between Classon and Grand Avenues) around 3:20am on July 3. The man told police that the attackers jumped him and his companion as they were leaving the restaurant, throwing them to the ground and kicking and stomping them before one of the culprits hit the man in the head with a shotgun and stole his wallet. The victims were treated at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

Other Muggings, Robberies & Attempts

  • Police arrested Chuck Chavis for allegedly attempting to steal a woman’s purse as she was exiting the A train at Clinton-Washington just after 4am on July 1. She told police that a conductor yelled to Chavis, “Get your hand out of her bag!” at which point Chavis allegedly pushed her to the ground and ran out of the station. Chavis is charged with attempted robbery, attempted assault, attempted petit larceny, attempted criminal possession of stolen property, menacing, and harassment, says the Brooklyn DA. Police say the victim was unhurt.
  • A thief snatched a woman’s purse as she was walking on Downing Street near Putnam Avenue at around 3am on July 3.


  • Police arrested Randy Caldwell for allegedly hitting one man on the head with a metal door, and another in the face with a metal trash can during a verbal dispute around 10:15pm on June 29. The Brooklyn DA says Caldwell is charged with assault, menacing, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment, and attempted assault.
  • A man told police he was talking on his cellphone on Putnam and Classon Avenues at around 4:15am on July 3 when a man he didn’t know approached and began arguing with him.The two ended up fighting, with the attacker drawing a knife from his shoe and cutting the victim’s ear before fleeing in a blue car.

Cure for the Common Crook

Two men stole $1,128 worth of arthritis meds, NyQuil, Advil, and Enfamil from the CVS at 218 Myrtle Avenue on July 4 at 8:30 p.m. Police said the thieves fled on bicycles on Ashland Place.

Other Thefts, Burglaries & Break Ins

  • A thief stole a woman’s wallet from her car on Cambridge Place near Greene Avenue sometime between 5:30pm on June 30 and the next morning.
  • A woman told police that her TV and sound system were stolen from her apartment in the Walt Whitman Houses sometime between June 23 and July 1. She said she’d lost her keys a year ago, but had never changed the locks.
  • A man’s wallet and iPhone were stolen from his truck on Emerson Place near Myrtle Avenue sometime between 9:30 and 10am on July 2.
  • A man’s computer, iPhone, iPad, and air compressor were reported stolen from his apartment on Willoughby Avenue near Adelphi Street on July 2. He told police that he’d left a kitchen window open when he left for work in the morning.
  • A man told police he and his roommate left their apartment on Grand Avenue near Clifton Place on July 2 around 1:45pm, and upon returning about four hours later, found the front door unlocked and a laptop missing.
  • A laptop, iPad, leather duffle bag, and spare tire were stolen from a woman’s car on Clifton Place near Saint James Place sometime between 7:30pm on July 5 and the next morning.
  • Two laptops, an iPad, and a camera were taken from apartment on Clinton Avenue the day of July 6, police say. The thief reportedly gained access through an open front window.
  • A man told police his medical books, stethoscope, otoscope, and two bags were taken from his car on Willoughby Street near Ashland Place sometime between 10am and 8pm on July 6.

Automotive Thefts

  • A man told police that his 1985 Honda motorcycle, which had been chained to a tree, was stolen sometime between June 28 and June 30. He said someone had cut the chain to release the bike, and that he saw it being ridden on Franklin Avenue on July 3.
  • A 1994 Toyota Camry parked on South Portland Avenue at South Elliott Place was stolen on July 2.