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Stopped short


1. A man in his 30s was arrested after robbing Short Stop Coffee Shop, located at 5977 Broadway on Nov. 23.

A 20-year-old waitress told police a man came into the diner for a cup of coffee, shortly after 3 a.m. The man placed a $1 bill on top of the register, but when the waitress opened the register, he reached across the counter and grabbed a stack of $20s. The waitress told police she grabbed his hand, but he pulled it back and fled the scene with the cash.

She described the man to officers, who canvassed the area and later made an arrest, recovering $300 from him.

2. 10-year-old mugged

At 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, a 10-year-old boy was mugged in his own building, at 85 Strong St., according to police.

The boy said he noticed he was being followed from West Kingsbridge Road near University Avenue, so he started running home. An unknown man followed the 10-year-old into his building and grabbed a Blackberry Bold, worth approximately $250, from his hand.

The building has cameras and police are still investigating.

3. Boyfriend arrested

A 28-year-old man was arrested for hitting and threatening his 29-year-old girlfriend at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 23 at 3343 Sedgwick Ave.

The girlfriend told police she got into an argument with the boyfriend and when she tried to leave the apartment, he kicked her cell phone out of her hand. The boyfriend picked up the cell phone and then started pulling the girlfriend’s hair and punching her on her forearm.

While the fight was taking place, the victim’s sister was in the apartment and dialed 9-1-1. The boyfriend ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife and pointed it at his girlfriend.

Police soon arrived on the scene and arrested the man.

4. Grand theft dirtbike

At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, a 19-year-old man reported his Yamaha dirtbike stolen.

The 19-year-old told police he met someone interested in buying the bike at the northwest corner of Broadway and West 242nd Street. While he was showing the bike, the potential buyer hopped on it and sped off down Broadway.

The victim described the Yamaha dirtbike as black, red and white with a decal that reads, “Dave Good OL Boys BBQ.”

The case remains open.

5. Delivery truck burgled

A deliveryman told police someone stole $2,000 from his truck while he was making a delivery at 3057 Bailey Ave., at 12:07 p.m. on Monday.

The 28-year-old driver said he parked his truck and while he made a delivery, $2,000 in cash disappeared from the overhead glove compartment inside the truck.

There were no witnesses and the case remains open.

Items in Police Beat are based on reports of crimes and arrests. Those arrested are not guilty unless they are convicted by a court.