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Waiter Stole $8,000 from Blue Ribbon, Police Say

PARK SLOPE — This waiter gave new meaning to "cash only."

A server at Park Slope's Blue Ribbon brasserie on Fifth Avenue and First Street allegedly spent months pocketing cash diners thought they were leaving to pay for their meals, according to a police report.

The server, 28-year-old Adam Castro, started the slow motion heist in December, and had allegedly stolen $7,961.31 by the time he was arrested on March 11, according to police.

Castro allegedly recorded the checks as paid in the restaurant's computer, but the money never made it into the cash register. Castro was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property.

A representative of the restaurant could not be reached immediately for comment.

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

• A man was arrested March 13 at the Best Buy at 625 Atlantic Ave. after a store employee spotted him leaving the store with 15 Xbox games and six Wii remote controls. Cops arrested Daquan Dollar, 25, in connection with the theft.

• A burglar stole more than $5,000 in valuables from an apartment on President Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues on March 13. The thief entered by picking a lock on a rear hallway door. The stolen items included a $2,400 Dell laptop, two iPads, a diamond necklace, a Tiffany necklace, cuff links, and a Tag Heuer watch.

• A 24-year-old woman had her Apple iPad 3 snatched from her hands as she was riding the Q train on March 15 at 9:03 p.m. The thief struck as the train was pulling into the Flatbush Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop.

• A thief removed the rims and tires from a 2012 Honda Accord parked on St. Mark's Avenue between Flatbush and Carlton avenues on March 11. The 50-year-old victim said he parked the car on March 10 and returned the next day to find the vehicle on cinder blocks, with lug nuts on the ground.