Suspected Thief Hit and Killed by Train in Sheepshead Bay, Woman’s Body Found on Brighton Beach Shoreline

The tracks of the Sheepshead Bay station in southern Brooklyn. A suspected thief was struck by a train while evading authorities yesterday (Screenshot via Google Maps)

SHEEPSHEAD BAY – A fleeing thief was struck by a Q train yesterday afternoon as he tried to evade pursuit, police said.

Around 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 27, the 52-year-old man stole a cell phone from the Metro PCS Store on Avenue Z, about a block north of the Sheepshead Bay B/Q station, police said.

As he was chased by a store employee, the thief fled into the station and was spotted by the crew of a Q train as he climbed onto the above-ground tracks. Police searched for their suspect until a call from the Neck Road station brought them to a halt: there was a body on the tracks.

Police and the Medical Examiner attended to the scene where the suspect had been killed, causing disruptions in service along the line. The victim has yet to be identified.


A body was found near the far end of the boardwalk in Brighton Beach around 3:00 am (Screenshot via Google Maps)

BRIGHTON BEACH – About 12 hours later, a body was found in the middle of the night in Brighton Beach, down near the eastern edge of the Reigelmann Boardwalk, around 3:20 am on Friday, December 28, police said.

Responding to a call of an unconscious woman near the Seacoast Tower Apartments, at 1311 Brightwater Avenue, officers found the body of a woman on the shoreline of the beach. According to police, she fully clothed, with no obvious signs of trauma.

The woman was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived and EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. Her name has not yet been released and the Medical Examiner will determine a cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.

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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.


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