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CRIME BLOTTER: Thief Steals Change of Clothes from Crown Heights Apartment

 A Crown Heights burglar stole a baseball hat, jeans and sneakers from an apartment and left his own clothes behind before leaving, police said.
A Crown Heights burglar stole a baseball hat, jeans and sneakers from an apartment and left his own clothes behind before leaving, police said.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — This burglar just wanted a new look.

Someone broke into a President Street apartment building in Crown Heights last week to steal a change of clothes, police said.

The burglary happened at 1140 President St. between Rogers and Nostrand avenues on July 15, according to a 33-year-old man who told police he returned to his apartment at 5:30 p.m. that day and noticed an open window and clothes on the floor that weren’t his.

He then realized that a few things were missing: a pair of black and white Adidas sneakers, a New Era Toronto Blue Jays baseball hat, a pair of grey jeans and an iPhone charger.

Nothing else in the apartment was taken or disturbed, police said. No suspect has been identified as of Thursday and no arrests have been made.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens include:

► A man stole a Macbook Pro computer and accessories worth $1,900 from a UPS truck by falsely identifying himself as the owner, police said.

The theft took place at about 12:50 p.m. on July 15 when the suspect approached a UPS driver outside 733 Flatbush Ave. and identified himself as the recipient of the package addressed to a home on Parkside Avenue, signed for it and left. A spokesman for UPS said the man showed the driver an ID with the same last name as the recipient of the package, which by the company's policy is "what he [the driver] was supposed to do."

Shortly afterwards, the correct recipient of the package, a 53-year-old woman who had seen the transaction, told the driver she did not know the man who took it.

► A suspect broke into an apartment at 506 Maple St. between 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on July 15 and stole a 50-inch Samsung flat screen television, an Asis laptop and a red Hilti power saw, worth $4,350 in total. The 58-year-old victim said he found his rear bedroom window open when he returned to the apartment and discovered the burglary.

► A 24-year-old man, Brandon Evans, was arrested on July 17 after he fled a traffic stop for using his cell phone.

Police observed him using the phone while driving his BMW M6 on Winthrop Street near Rogers Avenue at roughly 2 p.m. When they tried to pull Evans over, he fled the police, nearly hitting nearby parked cars and pedestrians before coming to a stop, police said.

After he was arrested, he was found to have a forged ID and four forged credits cards. He was arraigned on July 18 and held on $2,500 bond, $1,000 cash bail, according to court documents.

► Thieves stole a cash register with $1,000 in it from a Golden Krust restaurant at 363 Utica Ave. near Carroll Street on the night of July 17, according to a worker who discovered the break-in on the morning of July 18. Police said the robbers had cut through a side wall to get inside the restaurant, leaving the front roll-down gate intact.

► Two teenage boys attempted to rob a 54-year-old woman at gunpoint at 11 p.m. on July 20 on Crown Street between Kingston and Albany avenues, police said.

The woman was walking on the street when the two suspects approached her and asked for her cellphone. When she walked away without giving it to them, they pushed her, took out a silver firearm, threatened her with it and then fled eastbound on foot, empty-handed.