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Thief Strikes Park Slope Acupuncture and Colonics Business

PARK SLOPE — A Park Slope business that specializes in cleaning gunk out of clients' guts got cleaned out by a thief, police said.

A crook struck Inner Fire Integrated Health Services on Eighth Avenue and Union Street on Feb. 13 and snatched a Lenovo laptop computer and a Nerve Express "heart rate variability machine" worth $3,150, according to a police report.

An employee told police the property was snatched out of a desk at the holistic health business, where clients come and go frequently, according to the police report. Inner Fire offers colonics, acupuncture, and a full body detox treatment during which toxins are removed "through the more than 4,000 sweat glands in the feet," according to its website.

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

• A 23-year-old woman had her purse snatched off her shoulder March 3 as she walked into the subway at Flatbush and Seventh avenues about 2 a.m. The thief followed the woman into the subway, grabbed the bag, and ran away. The stolen property included an Android phone, Sony e-reader, MetroCard, credit cards, umbrella and purple water bottle.

• A Park Slope Food Coop employee lost her phone and wound up with $1,300 in charges to the Dominican Republic. The 37 year-old victim told cops she was at work at the coop when she realized her LG Ally VS740 phone was missing, then discovered that the charges had been made.

• A 29-year-old woman had her purse stolen at the bar and events venue Union Hall on Feb. 22. The victim told cops her bag was swiped after she put it down so she could wash her hands. Union Hall was "crowded with a lot of people" when the theft happened about midnight, according to the report.

The victim lost her passport, iPad, $150 in cash, credit cards, a Japanese driver's license, and a pink purse worth $500.

• A babysitter left an apartment on Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street for a few hours on Feb. 25 and returned to find that her employer's home had been burglarized. The babysitter left from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and noticed belongings were missing when she returned.

The stolen valuables included a MacBook Pro computer, an iPad, a Sony video camera, a Nikon D5100 camera, a wedding ring, some Michael Kors jewelry, a Coach wallet, and American Express and Visa credit cards. The thief's haul was valued at $5,150.