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Credit: Flickr/tom.arthur

Due to a recent spate of credit/debit card skimming reports at gas stations in New York City, the NYPD is urging folks to be alert while paying at the gas pump–and to look out for credit card skimming devices.

Our neighborhoods are not immune. In April, there were two incidents at Sunoco stations in Brooklyn, one at 1248 Coney Island Avenue in Midwood, and another 1907 Cropsey Avenue in Bath Beach.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Choose a pump near the cashier. Experts say skimmers prefer to target pumps in the shadows.
  • Inspect the gas pump reader before using it.
  • If you do suspect a skimming device, call 911.
  • If a device is discovered refrain from touching, call 911.
  • When possible utilize cash, instead of your credit/debit card.
Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Sheepshead Bites received word that a shooting occurred on Brighton 5th Court near Brighton 6th Street, about a block away from William E. Grady High School. 

Initial reports, pulled from police scanners, indicate that the victim is female. EMS is being rushed to the scene, and the NYPD is there setting up the crime scene.

The victim’s identity, condition and potential affiliation with the school is not yet known, nor is the status of the shooter. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30pm. 2:21pm.

The school has been placed on lock-down for students’ safety. The school was placed in lock down, but that has been lifted.

Sheepshead Bites is awaiting additional information from the NYPD.

Update (2:57pm): Officials at Grady High School confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that they did go into lock down at around 2:30pm. At approximately 2:45pm, the lock down ended.

“We do it out of precaution and the safety of our students,” said Assistant Principal Todd Gerber. “[The incident] had nothing to do with our building.” 

School officials had no further information about the incident.

Update (3:05pm): The FDNY confirmed that they responded to a call for a shooting victim at 38 Brighton 5th Court.

The location is a pedestrian street lined with small bungalow homes between Brighton 5th Street and Brighton 6th Street. It’s about a block away from Grady High School.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital with a gunshot wound. Her age, identity and condition are still unknown.

Update (3:40pm): The victim was a white female, age 34, who was shot once in the right arm. She is in stable condition and the investigation is ongoing, police confirmed.

Update (9:00pm): Councilman Chaim Deutsch issued the following statement in regards to the shooting:

“I am appalled by this tragic incident where an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.  I am in contact with the NYPD and I am confident that they will apprehend those responsible. My prayers are with the victim and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. “

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

UPDATE (4:35pm): Eleana Kolyakov, or Eleanora, according to conflicting sources, was found in good health and returned to her family. No criminality is suspected, and no further information is available at this time, according to the NYPD.

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Cops are asking the public to keep an eye out for Eleana Kolyakov, a 65-year-old schizophrenic woman who went missing in Brighton Beach yesterday.

Kolyakov is described as 5’3″ and approximately 200 pounds, with a light complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.

The woman, who also suffers from dementia, disappeared on November 2 at around 9:00am near her home at Brighton 6th Street and Brightwater Court.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Source: mikey k/flickr

Source: mikey k/flickr

A dead man was found beneath Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk on Saturday, sparking an investigation into his death.

The man, who has not been identified, is described as a Hispanic man in his 40s. He was found at approximately 6:15pm near West 25th Street.

The Daily News reports that no foul play is suspected, but an autopsy will be done by the medical examiner to determine how he died.

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Cops are looking for neighbors’ help identifying a teenage purse snatcher who robbed a 78-year-old woman in Brighton Beach last Monday.

The woman was in front of her home on Oceanview Avenue near Brighton 3rd Street when a teenage punk walked up to her at 12:40pm and ripped her purse out of her hand.

The purse contained just $50 in cash and, thankfully, he left the woman unharmed.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 16 years old and 5’8″. He was wearing a red baseball hat and white sneakers, as seen in a still photo captured from a nearby surveillance camera.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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The NYPD released images of the three men behind Wednesday’s failed armed robbery attempt at Kings Highway’s Scott Jewelers.

The images show three men entering the store, hiding their faces with hoods and masks. Seperate images taken from surveillance footage on the street show one of the men before he fully covered his face, but the quality remains too low to immediately make out his features. Cops hope they might generate leads from the public, who may identify them on physique and clothing.

All three are described as black males wearing all black, with masks and hoods.

The attempted robbery of the store, at 1220 Kings Highway, took place in broad daylight. The men entered the store at 3:15pm. As one turned towards the business’ armed security guard, the suspect began to draw a black revolver. The heroic guard swatted at the would-be gunman’s hand, causing a shot to be fired before he dropped the weapon.

Another suspect dropped a hammer he was carrying before the three turned tail and ran, fleeing in a car. No one was injured, with the stray bullet striking a wall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Source: mikey k/flickr

Source: mikey k/flickr

An attempted robbery of Scott Jewelers at 1220 Kings Highway was stopped in its tracks yesterday, thanks to the work of a vigilant security guard.

Three men entered the store at approximately 3pm. One pulled a gun. But almost as soon as it was out in the open, it was out of his hands.

A security guard, who was a former police officer according to the Daily News, spotted the gun mid-draw and whacked it out of the gunman’s hand. The move caused the perp to fire off one round in surprise, which struck a wall.

Aside from the gun, the men, who were masked, also dropped a hammer, according to NBC New York.

The three then lost their nerve and ran out the door, and fled in a car. No one was injured.

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Police are now circulating the above photos of the man they believe to be behind a spate of night-time home burglaries in Homecrest.

The image comes after yet another burglary on October 17. At approximately 2:55am, the suspect broke into a home on East 8th Street near Avenue U while the victim was sleeping in his bed. He stole $4,000 cash before fleeing.

He’s believed to be the perp behind at least four other incidents this month:

  • October 1 at 10:30pm: Entered home on East 13th Street near Avenue T while victims slept, and stole valuables. He’s believed to have used a rear sliding door.
  • October 4 at 11:30pm: Entered a home at East 12th Street near Avenue R while the victim slept. He entered through the unlocked front door, stole valuables, car keys and the victims car.
  • October 9 at 1:30am: Entered a home on East 18th Street near Avenue S using a side window. He took valuables and fled through the front door.
  • October 9 at 3:00am: Entered a home on East 19th Street and Quentin Road while the victim slept. He stoke cash, jewelry and electronics.

The photos come from surveillance video captured during the latest incident.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Photo by Erica Sherman

Investigators believe the two people found dead in an Emmons Avenue apartment building yesterday afternoon ended their own lives as part of a suicide pact.

Cops responded to 3030 Emmons Avenue at approximately 12:44pm for a “wellness check” – a response to concerns from loved ones. When they arrived, they found a 43-year-old man who lived in the apartment dead on the sofa. A 44-year-old Texas woman was dead on the floor.

On the table was a plastic bag of white lumps that looked like soap pellets; the Department of Environmental Protection later confirmed the substance was the highly toxic chemical cyanide.

The man’s cell phone had the woman listed under the name “Kim Suicide,” according to the Daily News. Investigators now believe the two agreed to die together, with the Texas woman flying to the Brooklyn apartment to do the deed.

The man’s internet history showed he had researched how to use cyanide to commit suicide.

No criminality is suspected.

Warning signs of a suicide include talking about wanting to die or feeling as if you have no purpose, displaying extreme mood swings, withdrawing or becoming isolated, talking about being a burden on others, sleeping too little or too much, acting recklessly or increasing the use of drugs or alcohol. If someone you know shows these warning signs, do not leave the person alone, seek help from a medical or mental health professional, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). Find more information here.

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