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Kings Bay pharmacy, Sheepshead Bay

Source: Google Maps

We received word that Kings Bay Chemist Pharmacy at 3610 Nostrand Avenue was robbed at gunpoint just minutes ago. An employee at a neighboring business writes:

A customer just came in all shaken up saying she was in the pharmacy on nostrand and ave w and it was held up by a guy at gunpoint. he forced people to back and wanted oxycontin.

This sounds an awful lot like the “drugstore cowboy” we told you about earlier this month. That robber also burst into drugstores with a gun, ordered people to the rear, and demanded the highly-potent painkillers. He also hit Health Star Pharmacy, at 1422 Avenue U, and J Drugs on Avenue J, among others.

Health Star Pharmacy (Source: Google Maps)

Apothecaries, beware.

A brazen, firearm-brandishing drugstore cowboy has been making the rounds through nearly half a dozen of Southern Brooklyn’s mom-and-pop pharmacies since March 3, demanding potent painkillers, including the highly addictive OxyContin, from terrified apothecaries, The New York Times is reporting.

Cloaking himself in a heavy winter coat, ski cap and blue jeans, the methods of the armed robber — whose most recent break-in was in Health Star Pharmacy, 1422 Avenue U in Homecrest — “are strikingly consistent” and are leading police to believe that the thief, possibly in search of his next fix, lives in the neighborhood.

Police have stepped up their efforts to catch the man, whose voice and conduct, according to a druggist at J Drugs on Avenue J, suggest that “he may have been an addict who was robbing to feed his addiction.”

Gerritsen Beach’s Knights of Columbus post was burglarized this morning, with thieves stealing thousands of dollars raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, GerritsenBeach.net reports.

The Knights of Columbus Rev. E. J. Matthews #5989 (2882 Gerritsen Avenue) also had money taken from the bar, as well as cameras, computers and raffle tickets.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Source: Google Maps

Police are currently responding to a bank robbery at the Capital One Bank at 3090 Ocean Avenue, in the Waldbaum’s shopping center.

The incident was reported in the last 30 minutes or so, and the suspect is still on the loose. Police are looking for the suspect, who is described as a black male with facial hair, approximately 5′ 10″ in height and wearing a black and grey North Face jacket.

If you have any information, you can call (800) 577-TIPS (8477), text “TIP577″ (plus your message) to “CRIMES” (274637), or submit tips online.

This is breaking news story and we’ll have more information as it becomes available.

A scam artist is stalking the halls of several Gravesend apartment buildings, and is believed to be responsible for almost 20 robberies in the last two weeks.

Keep reading for details.

Avenue Z Jewish Center President Jay Freese and Association of Holocaust Survivors From the Former Soviet Union Mark Goldovsky with broken Torah silver ornament. (Photo: Ari Kagan)

Murders, slum lords, fires and now… hate crimes! Sheepshead Bay is just kicking today…

A hate-filled cretin burglarized and vandalized the Avenue Z Jewish Center (875 Avenue Z), stealing hundreds of dollars and desecrating religious artifacts.

According to Councilman Michael Nelson’s office, which is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal – or vandals - the burglary occurred on February 5. The perp(s) smashed a back window to the synagogue and stole $200 from a donation box. Not content to take the money and run, they also roughed up a torah, desecrating and damaging the religious scroll that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Keep reading for more info and photos.

The sign Chase management placed on the door after the robbery attempt. (Photo by Ilan P.)

The Chase Bank on Kings Highway and East 16th Street was robbed today, and as this report goes to press our tipster tells us that the entire area around the bank is in chaos.

The robbery happened within the last hour, and traffic is at a near standstill as the police have declared a Level 1 response. Detectives, ESU, FDNY and other units are on the scene, apparently in pursuit of the suspect.

Our tipster tells us that as he went to make a deposit a teller told him that she had just been robbed. During the robbery she managed to press the emergency button behind the counter.

The suspect is believed to have fled towards Ocean Avenue. He is described as a black male with black leather jacket and grey scarf.

We are unaware if a weapon was displayed.

Cops are on the hunt for a would-be bank robber who seems to have lost his guts during a Wednesday evening heist.

According to reports, the suspect passed a demand note to a bank teller in the Citibank at 1528 Sheepshead Bay Road. But when the teller walked away, it seems the suspect reconsidered and beat a hasty retreat.

Officers are looking for a white male, 50 to 55 years old and approximately 5’10″ to 6′ tall, weighing 200 to 250 pounds, with a salt and pepper goatee. He was wearing a plaid jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots.

If you have information regarding this crime, here are a few ways you can get in touch with police:

  • Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)
  • Text “TIP577″ (plus your message) to “CRIMES” (274637)
  • Submit Internet Tips

From Courier-Life:

A crew of thieves with a birds-eye view of Sheepshead Bay broke into two stores last week.

Workers at Viva, which is on Sheepshead Bay Road between Jerome and Voorhies avenues, said someone cut through the roof on Aug. 11 and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. Workers said that thieves entered the store the same way on Aug. 4.

On Aug. 9 thieves made it to the roof of the Leah Discount, which is on Nostrand Avenue between Avenues T and U, and tunneled their way inside, taking $950 in cash, police said.

Looks like local business owners need to start considering ways to make their rooftops more secure. Any ideas?

Here’s another burglary report from this week’s blotter:

A woman spotted two thieves breaking into her Sheepshead Bay home on Aug. 12.

The woman said that she was sitting in a rear bedroom in her Avenue Y home, which is between E. 11th and E. 12th streets, at 9:45 pm when she heard a noise and saw a beam from a flashlight pass by her door.

She went to investigate and found two thieves in her alleyway. They had just left the home through a kitchen window after stealing her laptop computer, police said.

The would-be robber who opened fire on police Monday before ending his own life had a history of violence, including the 1993 kidnapping of a police officer, according to the Daily News.

Robert Rementaria was caught robbing a home on Quentin Road near East 36th Street. The 47-year-old career thug opened fire on a sergeant who happened to be passing by. The officer returned fire, striking Rementaria’s leg. He then turned the gun on himself.

But it wasn’t the crook’s first attempt to harm an officer of the law. Daily News describes an attempt to kidnap and kill a cop:

The kidnapping started with a traffic dispute between Rementaria’s former girlfriend and narcotics cop Albert Valdes, police said.

Rementaria and Vincent Ferrentino, 27, carjacked Valdes, struck him in the face with a handgun – and then drove him to a desolate area, where police said they planned to finish him off.

Valdes fought back. He managed to wrestle the gun away from the thugs and turned the tables, opening fire, killing Ferrentino and wounding Rementaria.

An autopsy performed on Rementaria yesterday found the bullet fired by Valdes still inside him, police said.

Valdes since has retired from the NYPD, according to Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

Rementaria was released from prison in 2007 and quickly returned to what police said was a long life of crime.

Indeed, he had been arrested 17 times and incarcerated six times since 1978.

He was still on parole – until 2014 – when cops caught him up to his old ways Monday night.

Rementaria was carrying a police scanner and NYPD precinct maps when he broke into the Quentin Road home and took credit cards and cash.

But he wasn’t counting on running into an NYPD sergeant on the street, who ordered him to stop.

Rementaria ignored her orders and opened fire. The sergeant fired back, wounding him in the leg.

Moments later, Rementaria pulled his last trigger.

The sergeant, a 13-year veteran, was not hurt.

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