Holiday Weekend Crime Blotter: Slashing in a Downtown IHOP, Jewelry Shop Storefront Smashed & More

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BAY RIDGE – Police are looking for two suspects that broke into Pyramid Jewelry International in Bay Ridge over the weekend, hoping to rob the place.

Around 2:30 in the morning on Friday, March 30, a white sedan pulled up to the jewelry store, located at 7112 5th Avenue, near Ovington Avenue. Two unidentified suspects exited the van, their faces obscured by hoods and masks, said police.

One of the men used a hand tool to cut the security gate, and the second man broke the glass storefont, crawling into the shop and smashing display cases with a hammer, said police. On hearing the noise, the 61-year old male shop owner, who had been sleeping in the back of the store, woke up and confronted the burglars, who fled without stealing any property.

The witness was not injured, said police. Surveillance video can be seen below:

SHEEPSHEAD BAY – Police are looking for the man who snatched a wallet from a woman on Nostrand Avenue last week in Sheepshead Bay.

The incident occurred at 4:15 pm on Wednesday, March 28 in front of the Daddy Best Buys shop on Nostrand Avenue, across from the Sheepshead Bay Houses. The suspect stole the wallet out of the hands of a 59-year old woman, fleeing across the street and northbound on Nostrand Avenue, said police. The wallet contained about $180 and 6 credit cards. Video of the suspect can be seen below:

MIDWOOD – Police are looking for the teen that stole a wallet and phone out of a woman’s purse in a TJ Maxx near King’s Highway last week.

Around 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 27, the suspect stole from the purse when the 54-year old victim left it unattended in the TJ Maxx store, the fled in an unknown direction, said police. The thief made off with a cell phone and a wallet that contained $30 cash and 3 credit cards, said police.

Surveillance photos of the suspect can be seen below:

EAST NEW YORK – Police are looking for two suspects after a knife-point robbery resulted in a stabbing inside an East New York Apartment building last week.

On Monday, March 26, two male suspects followed a female victim into the lobby of her building, in the area of Hegeman Avenue and Linden Boulevard around 4:20 am. As the 53-year old victim approached her apartment, one of the suspects grabbed her from behind, while the second pulled a knife and demanded money, said police.

As the victim struggled to free herself, the suspect with the knife stabbed her once in the back then fled in an unknown direction, said police. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition, said police.

Surveillance video of the suspects can be seen below:

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Police are looking for two men who attacked another man after a verbal altercation inside a downtown IHOP in the early hours of Sunday, March 25.

Around 4:00 am inside the Livingston Street IHOP, near Bond Street, the 39-year old male victim was involved in a dispute with the two suspects that turned physical, police said. The first suspect slashed the victim on the neck with an unknown object, while the second threatened the man with a baseball bat, police said.

The two suspects fled westbound on Livingston Street, while the victim was transported to a nearby hospital in stable considiton, said police. Surveillance photos of the suspects can be seen below:

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MADISON – Police are looking for the young woman who robbed a cell phone store on Avenue U and struck one of the employees earlier this month.

The suspect entered the Verizon store at 2723 Avenue U on Sunday, March 18, around 12:45 pm, said police. Proceeding behind the counter, the suspect began removing phones from an unsecured drawer until she was confronted by a 57-year old employee. The suspect struck the employee on the head with one of the phones, causing minor bruising, before fleeing the store, said police.

Surveillance video of the suspect can be seen below:

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.