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Thief Snatches $900 Purse at New Dinosaur BBQ Restaurant, Police Say

 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its first Brooklyn location at 604 Union St. on June 19, 2013. A customer had her purse stolen from the restaurant on June 23, police said.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its first Brooklyn location at 604 Union St. on June 19, 2013. A customer had her purse stolen from the restaurant on June 23, police said.
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PARK SLOPE — Thieves snatched a woman's $900 purse and valuables at the new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Gowanus just days after it opened, according to police reports.

A customer at the Union Street and Fourth Avenue eatery hung her purse on the back of her chair while she was chowing down on the restaurant's famed smoked meats on June 23 about 8 p.m., police said, four days after the barbecue joint opened.

The bag was stolen by a man who was later spotted on Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's video surveillance footage, police said. The stolen goods included a $900 Louis Vuitton tote, an iPhone 5, a $400 Marc Jacobs wallet, a $300 Chanel wallet, a $300 necklace, $300 sunglasses, house keys, a MetroCard and credit cards.

Police were still investigating the incident and had not made any arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.

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

— A 33-year-old Red Hook resident was out at Skylark Bar on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street on June 29 about 2 a.m. when she put her purse on the floor, police said. The victim's Brooklyn Industries bag was stolen, along with her U.S. passport, driver's license, Android phone and copy of the novel "Gone Girl."

— An "unknown female" stole credit cards, a debit card and checks from a purse belonging to a 23-year-old Carroll Gardens resident while she was out with friends at The Dram Shop bar on Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue about 1 a.m. on June 30, police said. Surveillance video from the bar shows the incident.

— A speedy thief struck at Tea Lounge on Union Street and Seventh Avenue on June 29 at 7 p.m., police said. The 49-year-old victim told cops her purse was stolen when she put it down next to her and "turned around for a minute." The stolen property included an Apple laptop, an iPad, an iPhone and an external hard drive.

— A Bed-Stuy resident had her purse stolen while it was next to her on a public bench outside the Atlantic Terminal shopping mall at 139 Flatbush Ave. on June 23 about 3:45 p.m., police said The victim sat down on the bench to adjust her sandal. When she looked up, the bag was gone. The thief got away with the 59-year-old woman's gray canvas bag, $500 in cash, her U.S. passport and a $300 Montblanc fountain pen.

— A Park Slope apartment was burglarized while the tenant's in-laws were out taking their newborn grandchild for a walk on June 25, police said. The 34-year-old victim told police her mother-in-law and father-in-law left the house, on 12th Street and Fourth Avenue, for about 30 minutes with the baby.

When they returned they noticed a window screen had fallen from the apartment's second-floor window. Burglars had stolen valuables from the tenant's bedroom and the baby's room, including an Apple MacBook, a Sony stereo, an iPhone, a gold necklace with diamonds and rubies, a pearl necklace and a silver necklace.

— A generator was stolen from a warehouse where halal food vendors store their carts on Butler Street and Third Avenue on June 24. The 54-year-old victim, a Queens resident, told cops someone entered the facility and took the $1,200 Honda generator about 1:40 a.m. The building is open 24 hours and used by many vendors who come and go at all hours, according to the police report.