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Police are searching for two suspects they believe robbed a 39-year-old woman at gunpoint.

The victim was walking near Avenue U and East 13th Street on February 7 at approximately 9 p.m., when the perps approached and one pulled a gun.

The thieves fled with an iPhone, MetroCard, earrings and $200, according to a Post report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (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) then enter TIP577.

Michael Matthews Jewelers occupied an interior corner location on the second floor of Kings Plaza mall.

Michael Matthews Jewelers occupied an interior corner location on the second floor of Kings Plaza mall.

Ocean’s Eleven this ain’t.

Two brazen thieves pulled off late-morning jewelry heist in one of Brooklyn’s busiest malls today, making off with a sack full of jewelry and setting cops on the hunt.

A man approached Michael Matthew’s Jewelers (5100 Kings Plaza Mall) on the second floor of Kings Plaza at approximately 10:25 a.m. He pulled out a hammer and bashed open the display case in front of the store’s owner, grabbing the merchandise.

The thief then fled towards the East 55th Street entrance of mall, with the owner and a good Samaritan in hot pursuit. As they approached the doors, the perp swung around and flashed a gun, a police source told Sheepshead Bites.

He then made it through the doors, where he met a second accomplice. The two high-tailed it to the parking deck, where they fled in a white minivan.

Police have not yet made an arrest, and are still pursuing the suspects. No description was available from authorities.

Cops and the store’s owners are still calculating the value of the stolen merchandise.

The store owner suffered minor injuries to his hand from the broken glass. No one else was harmed.

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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It’s probably time to quit being a doting mom when your little boy is in prison. Or, at least, don’t bring him illegal substances while he’s there.

That’s what Sheepshead Bay resident Yelena Linsalato is accused of. According to authorities, Linsalato has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor after she attempted to smuggle drugs and money to her son at the Fishkill Correctional Facility.

The New York Post reports:

Yelena Linsalato, 43, of Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay was visiting her son Alexander Krasnikov, 23, at the Fishkill Correctional Facility about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a corrections officer spotted her passing cash and a “controlled substance” to the inmate, Inspector Benjamin Walsh told The Post Monday.

She was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

“It was accident,” Linsalato insisted when reached by phone at her home. “I don’t want to talk to you.”

The substance is being tested to verify that it is a narcotic, and authorities will not identify it to the public until the results are returned.

Krasnikov is serving six years for first-degree robbery and burglary charges. Linsalato is due in court today.

Police are on the hunt for two men wanted for a string of armed robberies at three local delis, including A & H Deli at 1202 Avenue Z, which they visited at least three times.

The incidents happened between the beginning of October up until this past Sunday, and most of the attempts have been in Sheepshead Bay, while another was robbed in Coney Island.

CBS reports:

The first incident happened around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the A.H. & F Grocery store at 2811 Ocean Ave. Three men stormed in, flashed a gun, tied up the clerk and took cartons of cigarettes.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22 around 3:30 a.m., one robber struck again at the A & H Deli at 1202 Avenue Z. He flashed a gun and took money and cigarettes.

On Saturday, Nov. 16 shortly before 4 a.m., a lone robber again showed up at A & H Deli and banged on the glass door. But he walked away empty-handed.

Around the very same time on the same day, another lone robber struck the Shop and Smile Bodega at 51 Neptune Ave. He flashed a handgun and took money and cigarettes.

And on Sunday, Nov. 24, a lone suspect returned yet again to the A & H Deli on Avenue Z, walking in and leaving. A second man tried to get in, but was stopped by the clerk, police said.

A & H deli caputred video of the latest attempt, which you can see above.

If you have any information about these incidents or recognize the men in the video, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.


Surveillance video captured the suspect after one of his robberies. (Source: Gothamist)

A man believed to be behind as many as eight armed subway robberies was arrested after his latest mugging, which occurred at Gravesend’s Avenue U station on the F line.

CBS News reports:

Eric Gay, 43, of Brooklyn, is charged with three counts of robbery. Investigators believe he may be responsible for as many as eight muggings since Sunday.

As CBS 2′s Alice Gainer reported, each time, the suspect allegedly walked up to his victims, said he had a gun with a silencer and then robbed them.  However, they also said none of the victims actually saw the weapon the attacker claimed to have.

The attacks took place in the East Village, West Village, Queens and Brooklyn, police said.  Items the suspect stole ranged from iPods to cellphones, cash and MetroCards.

It was the Gravesend robbery that lead to his arrest. Gay allegedly robbed a man of an Android phone at the Avenue U station. Police tracked the phone and canvassed the area nearby, with the victim riding along. The witness spotted him, and cops made the bust.

Gay was taken to Kings County Hospital Center before being booked at the Brooklyn Robbery Squad. It’s unclear why he was hospitalized, and a follow-up by Gothamist returned no leads.

As part of the 61st Precinct’s pledge to increase communication with the community, the precinct has started sending out occasional crime prevention tip bulletins to local stakeholders.

The tips focus on preventing common crimes that are trending in the neighborhood to keep residents and their property safe.

Below are the latest tips from the precinct, covering identity theft, personal safety, and protecting your property from theft or vandalism.

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Police are on the hunt for a suspect in a brazen robbery, in which a man walked up to a 36-year-old woman and savagely beat her before stealing her Samsung Galaxy cell phone.

The incident, which took place on October 2 at approximately 1 a.m. at Avenue W and Lake Street in Gravesend, was captured on video by a nearby surveillance camera.

In it, you can see the man square off with the woman before violently swinging at her face. She fell to the ground off camera, which is when the thief snatched her cell phone and fled on foot.

The victim spoke to ABC News using a psuedonym, describing the attack:

“The first thing I saw was a punch,” said Sara, the victim.

… “He took my phone after the first or second punch, grabbed it from my hand, but he just proceeded to beat my face with all of his might, aiming punches like a boxer,” Sara said.

… “With the best of my ability, I was protecting my face from a rain of punches,” Sara said.

… Sara was coming home from work; it was late, 1 in the morning on Wednesday, when the suspect approached her from behind on Lake Street near Avenue W in the Gravesend section.

… Sara told Eyewitness News the vicious attack lasted more than a minute, that she was knocked to the ground several times, but wouldn’t get up, convinced the only way she would walk away from this was to keep screaming.

“That was my priority, was not to shut up, it felt like he was looking to knock me out,” Sara said.

The victim suffered minor injuries, including bruises to her face, knees and back.

Police have released the above sketch, describing the man as in his early 20s, five-foot-nine and thin.

If you recognize the man above or have any more information regardng this incident, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Here’s the video:

As part of the 61st Precinct’s pledge to increase communication with the community, the precinct has started sending out occasional crime prevention tip bulletins to local stakeholders. The tips focus on preventing common crimes that are trending in the neighborhood to keep residents and their property safe.

Below are the latest tips from the precinct:


There have been complaints filed reporting locker break-ins at the Bally’s Gyms located on Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Road.  In each case, the victims left their property consisting of wallets, credit cards, jewelry and cell phones in a locker in the males’ locker room.  The victims then went to workout and upon their return to the locker room, they discovered that their lock was opened and their property was removed.

Customers are encouraged to utilize the small security lockers that are located in the lobby to secure their valuables. Lockers located in locker rooms are not as secure as the smaller security lockers, and are more likely to be broken into.


There has been an instance of an unauthorized debit card skimmer that was installed on an ATM at a bank within the precinct.  As ATM customers swiped their cards into the ATM, the skimmer read the information and relayed the card numbers to an unauthorized person who was then able to make fraudulent purchases using the card information.

ATM users are advised to tug on the card reader to ensure that no unauthorized devices are installed on the machine before they swipe their cards.

The precinct has also learned of an instance in which a card skimmer was installed on the door to the bank, where users must swipe their card to enter. This is a new tactic, and the precinct advises caution when using these devices.

Robbery suspect. Click to enlarge

Burglary suspect. Click to enlarge

Police are seeking the following two men, wanted in connection to a robbery and burglary – both unrelated – in the 61st Precinct.

The first suspect, featured in the sketch on the near right, is a male wanted in connection to a burglary. The man is believed to have broken into a home near East 22nd Street on February 20 at approximately 6 a.m.

The second man, featured in the sketch on the far right, is described as a male in his 20s, wanted for armed robbery inside the lobby of a building in Sheepshead Bay. The robbery occurred March 7, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. All callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-577-TIPS, via the website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Officers from the 60th Precinct are looking for the public’s help in finding the man photographed above. Described as a 25-year-old male, 5’6″, he is wanted for robbery of a livery cab driver on January 26. The robbery took place at West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, in Coney Island.

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