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S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue has been closed all morning, following an attempted break-in at the business.

Police are on the hunt for the attempted burglar, and tipsters tell us that they’re knocking on neighbors’ doors in search of information. The attempted break-in took place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Authorities confirmed that there was an incident, saying the thief forced his way in but took no property. They declined to give additional information since the investigation is still ongoing.

Authorities have released video of a November 18 armed robbery on Avenue U, hoping residents will assist in finding the perp.

According to NY1, which posted the video here, the man walked into a business at 1204 Avenue U last month, jumped the counter and pressed a gun to the victim’s head. The victim turned over an unknown amount of cash from the register.

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet-10-inches and about 220 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

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We still haven’t heard back from the police regarding yesterday’s armed robbery in Manhattan Beach, but the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association said they have.

According to the group, an arrest was made in the afternoon and the perp was hit with charges relating to two robberies in the community. The incidents – yesterday’s, and one the day before – allegedly involved the same perp using a silver revolver.

Both incidents occurred on Corbin Place, according to MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck

We will update this post if we receive any further information from the 61st Precinct.

Police officers are in pursuit of an armed suspect who fled the scene of a robbery on Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The suspect is believed to be carrying a silver revolver, and made his getaway from Manhattan Beach in a silver Mercedes Benz. He was last seen driving away from Oriental Boulevard towards Emmons Avenue.

We do not yet know exactly where on Oriental Boulevard the crime was committed, though it appears no one was injured. We are awaiting confirmation from police sources.

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.): The robbery occurred near Dover Street on Oriental Boulevard.

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.

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There are few things worth killing for in this world. An iPhone just ain’t one of them.

Unfortunately, at least one person disagrees, proving it by shooting and killing a 34-year-old Sheepshead Bay resident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

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Photos from Hippolite's Facebook page, via

You know how there’s always a guy in every heist movie that chides his newbie partner for spending excessively after committing the crime? You know, the calm, experienced guy, perhaps played by George Clooney, who slaps his partner upside the head for not keeping a low profile?

Well, 23-year-old Jesse Hippolite really could’ve used a George Clooney in his life.

Instead, the man allegedly responsible for a string of bank robberies around New York City – including several in our area – boasted of his exploits on Facebook, even changing his online alias to that of one of history’s most infamous stickup artists.

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Julia Yakovlev (right) and her attorney Anna Val. Source: NY Daily News/Todd Maisel

A small measure of justice will be meted out in the case of the mysterious disappearance and presumed death of a reclusive Russian court translator living in Manhattan Beach.

Federal Judge I. Leo Glasser sentenced Julia Yakovlev, 37, to three years in prison, after she pleaded guilty a week before her trial was set to begin, for allegedly collaborating with her ex-surgeon husband, Dmitriy Yakovlev, 43, in the identity theft of Irina Malezhik. The missing 47-year-old Ukraine-born translator, who had no friends or family and “often wore her brown hair in a long braid,” was last seen passing a surveillance camera in her Corbin Place building’s lobby around 1 p.m., October 15, 2007 before she vanished.

It is presumed that Malezhik was murdered by the Russian ex-surgeon “after doing business with him.” He is also charged in the presumed murders of jewelry importer Viktor Alekseyev, who disappeared in 2005 and whose body was found dismembered in a New Jersey woods in 2006, and former NYPD mechanic Michael Klein.

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Authorities say they’ve nabbed one of the alleged killers of a Gravesend coin dealer, who was brutally beaten and dumped to die in an apparent heist attempt last week.

Andrew Jackson, 26, was picked up in Staten Island on Friday and charged with second degree murder.

Cops say fingerprints connect Jackson to a car used in the beating.

Halfon was declared dead on arrival at New York Community Hospital earlier in the week, after three men dragged him into a car near his coin shop on Kings Highway. They assaulted him in the car and dumped his unconscious body a mile away on East 7th Street, near Avenue N.

The other two suspects remain at large.

[via NY Post]

Judging from a few reports we’ve received this morning, it appears the strong winds and heavy rains of Hurricane Irene were not enough to stop criminals.

One reader tells us that an assault and stabbing occurred sometime after midnight, on East 19th Street and Avenue U. We have no additional details about this incident.

Meanwhile, Ed Jaworski of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association writes to tell us that some brave stupid thief weathered the storm last night for the simple purpose of breaking into cars. He writes:

Did car thieves take a break last night? Not on my block, East 28 St. At least one neighbor found his car broken into, had to happen during the height of the storm, everything was scattered about, but nothing missing. Not even the flashlight.

Have you heard about any crimes that happened during the storm? Tell us here!

Update (1:32 p.m.): Bloomberg said during a press conference this afternoon that overnight crime activity is below normal. There were 45 overnight arrests citywide, as opposed to an average of 345 overnight arrests on a normal night.

Steve Halfon (Source:

Reader Alina U. asked last night about a grisly looking crime scene in Midwood. Well, turns out a Gravesend coin dealer was ambushed and beaten to death near his shop, and then dumped about a mile away in Midwood.

The Daily News reports:

A Brooklyn coin dealer died Tuesday after a group of thieves pummeled him near his shop and dumped his battered body a mile away, police sources said.

Steve Halfon, 61, had just closed his shop, Liberty Coin Co. on Kings Highway in Gravesend, and was walking to his car when three men ambushed him just before 5:30 p.m., the sources said.

The men beat Halfon to a pulp, stuffed him in a black Volvo sedan and drove away, sources said. They dumped his body on East Seventh St. near Avenue N in Midwood and abandoned the car two blocks later, sources and a witness said.

“One guy gets out, covered in blood, and walks down the street like nothing happened,” said a witness. The suspect threw his bloody T-shirt, a Yankees hat and a gray hoodie in a sewer before running away with the two others, the witness said.

A passing motorist spotted Halfon’s body and called cops. He was taken to New York Community Hospital but couldn’t be saved.

No arrests have been made, and it’s unclear if the suspects took anything off Halfon. The incident occurred in the 66th Precinct.

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