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Two Straphangers Had Gear Snatched at Graham L Stop, Police Warn

By Serena Dai | June 25, 2014 8:40am
 Two women riding the L train last week had electronics swiped from their hands, police said.
Two women riding the L train last week had electronics swiped from their hands, police said.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Two women riding the L train last week had their cellphones or iPods swiped from their hands moments before doors closed at the Graham Avenue stop, police said.

A 47-year-old woman had her iPod swiped on June 17 about noon as she sat in a corner seat on a Manhattan-bound L train, police said. When the doors opened at Graham Avenue, the suspect snatched the iPod from her just as doors closed.

She then got off the train at Metropolitan Avenue to report the crime, police said. Her name was not released and no description of the offender was available.

The next day, a man took a 27-year-old woman's Samsung Galaxy Note at the same train stop shortly after 2 p.m.

She had boarded the L train at Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and was headed to the Grand Street station. The suspect boarded at Bedford Avenue and stood by the doors, police said.

She got out her phone to look at the time as the train pulled into the Graham Avenue stop, where the man snatched it and fled, police said.

The victim chased him east on Metropolitan Avenue but was unable to catch him.

Other notable crimes that occurred recently in the 94th Precinct include:

► A 39-year-old man in East Williamsburg suffered cuts to his face after a man punched him for his cellphone, police said.

The victim was inside his truck at Vandervoort and Maspeth avenues at noon Saturday, June 21, ready to dump garbage. He was approached by a man who punched him multiple times, causing the injuries to his face.

The attacker then "forcibly removed" the victim's cellphone, police said. No description of the attacker was available.

► A man had his camera bag stolen last Thursday as he turned around to take a photo of the sunset at Kent Avenue and N. 6th Street, police said.

The victim, 28, set down his bag and turned around to shoot the photo between 7:05 and 7:30 p.m. When he turned back around to get the bag, it was gone, police said.

He did not see who took the bag, which included a 35mm Canon lens.

► A man "not in a sober capacity" had more than $5,000 worth of electronics stolen from two strangers he brought back to his apartment, police said.

The victim, 34, went to a bar and returned to his home on the 100 block of N. 3rd Street with two men between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday, June 20. 

He was "not in a sober capacity," the police report said, and he asked the two men to leave.

When he sobered up, he discovered that a Macbook and a Samsung tablet were missing, police said.

► A man, 42, told police that he was threatened by someone who said "You have bird poop on your shirt," police said.

The victim parked his vehicle at Nassau and Leonard streets in Greenpoint  Thursday, June 19, and got out to check a flat tire at 10 a.m., police said.

He was approached by a suspect who said "You have bird poop on your shirt" and wielded a wrench as he approached the victim.

The suspect and a companion then fled the scene, not taking any property, police said. There were no available descriptions of either person.

Police have closed the case.