Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate
Someone fired off a round of bullets on W. 32nd Street on Feb. 4 — hitting a man in the leg.
The victim told police he was near Mermaid Avenue on his way back from the corner store at 6:30 pm when gun shots suddenly rang out. Not wanting to stick around, the victim booked it to his upstairs apartment on the same street, only to realize he’d have to head back out and seek treatment for the gunshot wound he discovered in his left thigh.
The man went off the Lutheran Medical Center for treatment, while investigators managed to recover a shell casing from the scene of the shooting, cops said.
Cops busted two men who they say robbed a pair of kids at gunpoint on Cropsey Avenue on Feb. 6.
The victims told police they were near Bay 46th Street at 12:25 pm when the duo pulled a gun on them and grabbed their phones. After the suspects had left, however, the boys went straight for the cops, who were able to use an iPhone application called Track My Phone to trace the alleged crooks to a B74 line bus, according to police.
After pulling over the bus, and collaring their suspects, the cops found them in possession of the victims’ phones, along with a Crosman Vigilante BB gun, police said.
A pistol-packing maniac grazed a man in a drive-by shooting on Avenue W on Feb. 1.
The victim told police he was in the passenger-side seat of a car near Stillwell Avenue at 12:20 am when the wacko rolled up in a black Seven-Series German luxury car and started blasting.
Fortunately, the shooter only managed to graze the suspect, leaving him with a nasty, but superficial wound on his left arm, cops said.
A thief snatched a phone from a teenager’s hand aboard a Coney Island-bound D train on Feb. 2.
The victim told police that he had just left school and boarded the train at the Bay 50th Street stop near Stillwell Avenue at 12:29 pm when the crook walked over and asked for the time. After the teen answered his question, the guy asked the 17-year-old kid, “How much does your phone cost?”
That’s when the thief showed his true colors and snatched the phone, before growling, “stay on the train, or else,” and fleeing, cops said.
A burglar looted painting equipment from a man’s locker inside a Surf Avenue building on Jan. 29.
The victim told police that he left his locker secured inside the building between W. 31st and W. 32nd streets at 3:25 pm, and returned three days later to find the lock had been busted off and his painting equipment nabbed.
A thief ransacked a 63-year-old woman’s E. First Street apartment on Feb. 6, taking jewelry.
The victim told police the crook busted into her abode between Avenues Y and Z at 8:15 pm, gaining entrance by breaking through a window. The crook trashed the place before finding the victim’s jewelry, which he absconded with through a rear bedroom window, cops said.
— Colin Mixson