Park Slope Woman Robbed of Purse While Chatting on Phone

By Leslie Albrecht on October 29, 2013 3:09pm 

 A woman had her purse stolen while she was sitting on her Garfield Place stoop recently, according to a police report.
A woman had her purse stolen while she was sitting on her Garfield Place stoop recently, according to a police report.
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PARK SLOPE — A woman had her purse stolen while she was sitting on her front stoop and chatting on the phone, according to a police report.

The 37-year-old victim was sitting in front of her apartment building on Garfield Place between Fifth and Sixth avenues on Oct. 27 about 3:55 p.m. She put her black Coach purse on the ground between her feet while she spoke on the phone.

A female thief with a ponytail grabbed the bag, jumped into a black four-door sedan and fled.  The stolen goods included dance clothes, a makeup bag, a $250 wallet, $100 in cash, and the $350 Coach purse.

Other notable crimes in this week's blotter at the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:

• A would-be thief broke into the Stone Park Cafe on Fifth Avenue and Third Street, but didn't take anything. The attempted burglary took place on Oct. 23, when the restaurant was closed for the night. Someone broke in through front door, moved the cash register and opened several drawers, but didn't steal any valuables.

• A burglar struck a South Slope apartment while the tenant was out getting groceries on a Thursday afternoon. The 34-year-old resident left a back window open about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, and the thief entered by climbing up the fire escape. An iPad, an Invicta watch, a Bulova watch and a Michael Kors watch were stolen from the apartment, on 15th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

• More than $12,000 in valuables were stolen from an apartment on Fifth Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets on Oct. 21. The thief got away with a Canon 5D camera, a camera lens, three MacBook computers, an iPad, an iPod touch, a Tiffany necklace and a sapphire ring, and $100 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry.

• A 26-year-old man who was smoking a cigarette on Atlantic Avenue and Fort Greene Place had $140 in cash snatched out of his hand by a thief on Oct. 27 about 7 p.m. The crook appeared to be in his mid-40s, with salt and pepper hair.

• Three roommates on Dean Street and Fifth Avenue came home from work on Oct. 25 to find their apartment burglarized. The thief stole two MacBook computers, an iPhone and assorted jewelry.

Overall in the 78th Precinct, major crimes have dropped by 1.5 percent this year, compared with the same period in 2012, according to the latest NYPD statistics.

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