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Our bandbox bandit enters the stage upon which he commits his dastardly deed. (Source: NYPD)

Our bandbox bandit enters the stage upon which he commits his dastardly deed. (Source: NYPD)

Coppers are on the prowl for a villain of ritz and class who did indeed (allegedly) spy on a little old lady as she used an ATM at Kings Highway’s HSBC Bank, ultimately employing the ill-gotten information to steal $500 – presumably for more fresh threads and fly braids.

According to officials, the suspect entered the 1602 Kings Highway bank on Sunday, November 9, at 3:30pm. He took his place in line behind a 67-year-old woman, then, without scruples or true cunning, peered over her shoulder as she entered her pin number. Hobbled, perhaps, by faith in society due to her attachment to a bygone era, when such things could be done without the expectation of malice, our tragic victim did not log off the ATM upon finishing her transaction. The suspect put in the PIN and withdrew $500 in cash.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 6’0″, weighing 170lbs and with braided hair. Also, of rakish conceit.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.

The official Ocean Avenue address of Merkaz, which is also Fetman's home address and an organization under his control, through which he allegedly embezzled the funds. (Source: Google Maps)

The official Ocean Avenue address of Merkaz, which is also Fetman’s home address and an organization under his control, through which he allegedly embezzled the funds. (Source: Google Maps)

The chief financial officer of Manhattan-based nonprofit Aish HaTorah, Jacob Fetman, of Midwood, was charged yesterday with embezzling more than $237,000 from the international Jewish outreach organization through another non-profit under his control.

According to District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office, Fetman routed the organization’s donations through three separate Aish bank accounts that he controlled. From November 2010 to August 2013, he allegedly transferred $922,931.74 of that money to a bank account for Merkaz, a religious organization whose official address is shared with Fetman’s Ocean Avenue home, and which he runs, according to prosecutors. Merkaz is not a part of Aish in any way.

He then bounced some of the money back to Aish – $685,454.43 – a net loss to the organization of $237,477.31, said Thompson’s office.

Aish is one of the largest international outreach organizations in the world, with 30 branches on five continents. Established in 1974, it encourages Jewish people to reconnect with their faith and culture. The organization operates seminars, produces events for Jewish singles, provides education and training to local faith groups and publishes Aish.com, a leading website for Jewish-related lifestyle and religious content.

Fetman, 45, served as the organization’s CFO for 17 years. Fetman was terminated when Aish officials discovered the banking irregularities.

“This defendant abandoned his duty to safeguard Aish HaTorah’s finances and allegedly stole $237,477 in charitable donations from this venerable non-profit organization. He will now be held accountable,” said Thompson in a press release.

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Car break-ins remain one of the biggest drivers of crime in the area. Thieves smashing car windows to steal sometimes as little as pennies from a cup holder are one of the reasons for the spike in crime recorded in the latest Compstat report from the 61st Precinct.

While motorists should feel comfortable parking their car wherever they like, the reality of the situation is that thugs take advantage of dark streets and look for indications that the car might have valuables inside. The local precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit recently sent out a batch of tips to help reduce your risk, and the area’s crime stats.

To make sure you’re possessions are as safe as possible, here is a list of safety tips:

  • Do not leave satellite radios, portable GPS system, or suction cup on windshield whether temporarily parking or parking overnight.
  • Do not leave wallets, purses, backpacks, jewelry, credit cards or any other valuable property in your vehicle while it is parked.
  • Do not leave cell phones or other electronics in the glove compartment.
  • Activate any theft deterrent devices you may have.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables in the vehicle.
  • Do not keep your license, registration or title in the vehicle.
  • Make certain that your vehicle is locked.
  • If possible, park in a bright, well lit area.
  • If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and the garage.
  • Install video surveillance within the vicinity of the garage or driveway where your vehicle will be parked.
  • If you have video surveillance conduct periodic maintenance to make sure they are in good working condition.
  • Position the cameras so that it will be able to capture a good image of an individual’s face but secure enough to prevent any possible tampering.
  • Install wheel locks on your vehicle to help deter theft of tire and rims.
  • Contact the 61st Precinct Crime Prevention Officer to have your vehicle VIN etched.

You can learn more about the 61st Precinct’s VIN etching and other crime prevention programs by calling the Crime Prevention Unit at (718) 627-6832.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Thief.

A man and a woman wormed their way into a Coney Island Avenue apartment building, knocked on someone’s door, and ripped an iPhone right out of the tenant’s hand when he answered, police say.

The 29-year-old man was robbed at 4:45pm on September 19, sparking a hunt for the two perps now wanted for grand larceny.

The male thief is described as white, between 30 and 35 years old, approximately 6’0″ and between 220lbs and 240lbs. He was wearing a white tank top and tan pants.

The woman is described as light-skinned, between 25 and 30 years old, also 6’0″ and was wearing jeans and a hat.

The two were caught on surveillance camera fleeing the lobby of the building.

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.

robberyA 57-year-old blind man walking with a white cane was robbed in broad daylight on Tuesday, and the thief made off with credit cards and approximately $1,000 in cash.

The suspect followed the man down Ocean Avenue near Bay Avenue in Midwood, unknowingly passing by security cameras that filmed him pacing the victim while walking with a mountain bike.

At approximately 2:50pm, the suspect grabbed the man’s arm, removed his wallet from his rear pants pocket and fled in an unknown direction. The wallet contained credit cards and the cash.

The suspect is described as a black man wearing a black shirt, gray shorts and black sneakers.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

It looks like the heat and humidity got to some folks in Brighton Beach.

A video posted on Youtube this morning captures a vehicle as it goes from being double parked on one side of the street, bolts across both lanes of traffic and slams into another parked car on the other side. Then two men emerge from the driver’s side door and begin pummeling each other. One eventually pins the other to the ground as cries of “Call 911!” ring out.

According to RussianParentsWorld, the video was captured by a Russian tourist. It appears he was simply filming a drive through Little Odessa to share the sights with his friends back home when he accidentally captured the crash and brawl. It’s not clear exactly when the accident happened.

In the video, just before the car takes off into oncoming traffic, the camera briefly pans to the vehicle and you can see one man entering the driver’s side. Another man in a white shirt is just behind him. The camera pans away, and returns briefly to show the man in the white shirt apparently struggling to get into the driver’s side as well. It looks as if it was either a car theft gone wrong, or an unfortunate end to an altercation that began long before the filming started.

Regardless, it doesn’t seem that any bystanders were hurt, thankfully. We’re reaching out to the police for any information. If you were there or know what happened, let us know in the comments or by emailing editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

UPDATE (2:00pm): It looks like Gothamist beat us to this by mere minutes, and had the details from police. It was a failed robbery attempt. They write:

Shortly after noon [Sunday], police say that the victim, a 23-year-old man, was deceived into giving Ahmed Hassan $50 while Hassan’s car idled on Brighton Beach Avenue near Ocean Parkway. According to the NYPD, Hassan tried to leave, and the victim jumped into Hassan’s car to stop him.

… The victim was transported to Coney Island hospital with minor injuries. Hassan, 22, was charged with robbery. No other injuries were reported.

Thanks to Svetlana Tk for pointing out the Gothamist post.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops believe the same perp is behind eight burglaries that hit Borough Park and Midwood within a month and a half, in which a combined total of $228,330 in valuables was taken from neighbors’ homes.

Authorities are turning to the public for help identifying their suspect, who was caught on surveillance cameras rummaging through a home during one of the heists. The eight incidents took place between June 23 and August 11, in many cases while the homeowners appear to have been traveling.

The thief entered through a rear window, and limited his haul to silver and jewelry in almost every incident.

According to the NYPD, the following homes were hit (details below the map):

  • 1551 East 5th Street, between 8 p.m. on June 23 and 8 p.m. on July 1. Items totaling more than $13,000 were reported missing.
  • 1571 40th Street, between noon on June 27 and 8 p.m. on June 29. Items valued at $23,480 were reported missing.
  • 1436 50th Street, between noon on July 14 and 4:30 p.m. on August 14. Silver valued at $27,000 was reported missing.
  • 1449A 46th Street, between 8 p.m. on July 24 and 5 p.m. on July 29. Silver valued at $7,250 was reported missing.
  • 1672 43rd Street, between 11 a.m. on August 7 and 11:30 p.m. on August 18. Jewelry valued at $93,000 was reported missing.
  • 1545 East 5th Street, between 8:30 a.m. on August 8 and 11:20 p.m. on August 10. Silver valued at $40,600 was reported missing.
  • 1423 46th Street, between 1 p.m. on August 8 and 11 p.m. on August 10. Silver valued at $14,700 was reported missing.
  • 1623 42nd Street, at approximately 3 p.m. on August 11. Silver valued at $9,300 was reported missing.

The thief was caught on tape during the 43rd Street burglary.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Sheepshead Bites reminds our readers to take the following precautions to prevent a burglary while on vacation.

  • Stop your mail, or ask a friend or neighbor to pick it up. Mail and newspapers piling up at the front door tip off would-be burglars.
  • Buy a light timer, and set lights in the house to go on and off during the day to give the appearance somebody is home. Don’t leave your lights on all night, as that is another sign to burglars that no one is home.
  • Have a friend stop by to check on the property.
  • Don’t close the curtains. Leave them exactly as you would when home.
  • Do not post information about your whereabouts on social media, or your plans to go on vacation.
Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

An unidentified teen waited for the Q train to pull into the Ocean Parkway station, snatched an unsuspecting straphanger’s iPhone and bolted, according to police.

The August 10 incident took place at approximately 10:50 a.m. Cops say the suspect waited on the platform until a southbound train pulled in. He then entered a train car and grabbed the device out of the hands of a 19-year-old woman before fleeing the station.

Surveillance video captured his escape, and now police are sharing photos in their search for the perp. He is wanted for grand larceny.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Cell phone theft remains one of the leading crimes in New York City. Sheepshead Bites reminds our readers that the following tips can go a long way in keeping a cell phone in your hands, and not those of a thief:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings when using your device. Avoid flashing it in public, using it while walking down dark streets alone, etc.
  • Avoid using it on the subway altogether. More than 70 percent of thefts occur on the subway. If you must use it, try not to do so near the car doors.
  • Activate your phone’s security features, such as the lock screen.
  • Install/activate a phone locator app, such as Find my iPhone.
  • Register your phone with the NYPD. Operation I.D. allows residents to register their phone’s serial number with the name and contact information, so that if a phone is found it can be returned. More information is available here.

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Police are turning to the public in their search for a suspect who snagged a victim’s wallet on an F train at Kings Highway.

It appears police had little to go on after the robbery, which took place at 5:00 a.m. on May 18. But a lead popped up more recently when the victim’s credit card was used at Sheepshead Bay’s United Artists movie theater at 3907 Shore Parkway.

Movie theater management turned over surveillance video from the theater’s lobby, where the suspected thief used the credit card at a ticket machine.

The suspect is wanted for grand larceny. No description was given with the photograph.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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Cops say the man pictured above preyed on a 70-year-old woman, snatching a chain from her neck in broad daylight.

The alleged thief spotted the woman on Avenue U and Coyle Street last Wednesday, at approximately 11:00 a.m. He walked up to her, grabbed the chain and ran off, cops say.

Fortunately, the woman was not injured.

The crime is being classified as a grand larceny, which has been on the rise in the 61st Precinct this year. From January 1 to July 20, the command has seen an 18.8 increase in grand larceny incidents in 2014 over the same time period last year, according to Compstat. The only larger increase has been for another property crime, grand larceny auto. The two together are fueling the precinct’s 2.53 percent uptick in overall crime in the area.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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