PARK SLOPE — Hold on to your wallet during the busy holiday shopping season — thieves have struck shoppers at several neighborhood stores recently, according to police reports.
A 34-year-old Park Slope man was trying on shoes in the men's department at the Target at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Nov. 26 when someone stole his belongings from his shopping cart. The thief got away with the man's knapsack and two gold bangles worth $2,000, according to a police report.
Other notable crimes in this week's blotter at the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:
• A thief snatched a 30-year-old woman's wallet after she had paid for merchandise at the boutique Items of Interest on Fifth Avenue near St. Mark's Place on Nov. 27. The victim realized the wallet was missing after she had moved on to another store. By that time, the thief had racked up $645 in charges on the woman's debit card at the nearby wine store Sterling Grapes & Grain and at the Key Food on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place.
• A delivery man had his laptop stolen while was stocking shelves at the Pathmark on 12th Street and Second Avenue on Nov. 29. The victim left his $1,300 Panasonic Toughbook unattended in a nearby shopping cart. While he was busy stocking shelves with Coca-Cola products, a man walked off with the cart, hiding the computer beneath a store flier, video surveillance shows.
• A woman had her backpack stolen while she was grocery shopping at the Atlantic Center mall on Atlantic Avenue near Flatbush Avenue on Nov. 27. The 56-year-old victim put down her backpack while she was loading her groceries onto the checkout conveyor belt. A man snatched the bag, which contained the woman's cell phone and $300 in cash.
• A shopper at the G&E 99 Cent Store and Fifth Avenue and 14th Street had her wallet stolen on Nov. 25. The 41-year-old victim left her wallet on a counter after she paid. A man gave the wallet to a store clerk, who asked a nearby woman if the wallet belonged to her. That woman took the wallet and left the store.
• A man had his wallet stolen while he was eating in the cafeteria at New York Methodist Hospital on Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue on Nov. 29. The man paid for his meal, then left his wallet on a counter while he got some napkins. After he sat down he realized he had left the wallet, but it was gone. He waited to see if someone would turn the wallet into hospital security, but no one did.
• A burglar stole $4,000 in valuables from an apartment on Fifth Avenue and 12th Street on Nov. 26. One of three roommates who lives in the apartment came home about 9:15 p.m. to find the front door open and pieces of the lock scattered on the ground. The thief's haul including two laptop computers, a flat-screen TV, gold bracelets and gold earrings.
Overall in the 78th Precinct, major crimes have dropped 1.85 percent this year compared with the same period during 2012, according to the most recent NYPD statistics.