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Airbnb Guest Swipes $650 in Valuables from Park Slope Apartment, Police Say

 An Airbnb guest stole $650 in valuables from an apartment on Garfield Place and Seventh Avenue, according to a police report.
An Airbnb guest stole $650 in valuables from an apartment on Garfield Place and Seventh Avenue, according to a police report.
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PARK SLOPE — An Airbnb guest checked into a Park Slope garden apartment and checked out with $650 in valuables, according to a police report.

The theft happened sometime during the evening of Aug. 20 or the morning of Aug. 21 in an apartment on Garfield Place and Seventh Avenue, according to the report.

The homeowner, who never met the renter face-to-face, told police the guest took the keys to the apartment as well as a Nintendo Wii gaming console and a ceramic sculpture.

Airbnb spokesman Peter Schottenfels said such crimes are "very, very, very, rare" and that the company insures hosts for up to $1 million in damages.

Other recent crimes in the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:

► Two 16-year-old girls were assaulted by older teens during two separate fights that both happened Aug. 15 at 1:20 p.m. on Bergen Street and Sixth Avenue. During one of the altercations, a 17-year-old girl punched a 16-year-old girl, then ran away on foot. In the other fight, two 18-year-old girls kicked, bit and punched a 16-year-old girl. 

► A stranger threatened and then punched a 38-year-old man as he stepped off the F train at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street on Aug. 20 at 9:20 p.m.

► Three thieves stole a cell phone and $160 in cash from an 80-year-old man's bag while he was sitting on a bench outside the Atlantic Terminal mall on Flatbush and Atlantic avenues on Aug. 14 at 5:15 p.m.

► Someone stole a cell phone out of the front pocket of a man’s suitcase inside the Atlantic Terminal mall on Flatbush and Atlantic avenues at 1:36 pm on Aug. 18.

► A “skinny” thief swiped keys, a dust mask and a phone charger from a commercial truck while the driver was making a delivery on Second Street and Seventh Avenue on Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

► A 2001 Honda motorcycle was stolen from Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue on Aug. 16 while its owner was at work.

Overall, major crime in the 78th Precinct has dropped 11 percent this year compared to the same period in 2015, according to the most recent statistics from the NYPD. There were 523 major crimes reported between Jan. 1 and Aug. 14, 2016, and 587 major crimes during that period in 2015.

Editor's note: The 78th Precinct no longer provides information to the media on open cases involving major crimes such as robbery, grand larceny, rape, burglary and felony assault. Some information on those crimes can be found on the NYPD's CompStat 2.0 website and on the NYPD's NYC Crime Map.

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