POLICE BEAT

Pet store robbed on Broadway Friday

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The employees — and likely the merchandise — of a local pet store were in for a big scare last week when a man allegedly robbed it in the middle of the day. 

The suspect, described as 40 with straight black hair, allegedly walked into the Petland store at 5540 Broadway in Kingsbridge, according to police, demanding the woman working the counter turn over the money in the register. 

He claimed to have a gun, cops said, although the victim said she hadn’t seen it clearly. Despite this, she handed over $800 in cash before the man ran off. 

Cops are still investigating this robbery, which happened Nov. 10. No animals were harmed in the making of the robbery, however. 

 

Breakfast without Tiffany

Cops are looking for another burglar, this one suspected of making off with two Tiffany wedding bands, one of which they said was worth $30,000. 

The victim, 24, said she must have been burglarized sometime between Nov. 6 and Nov. 10, although police aren’t sure why it took her so long to notice someone had broken into her home on Broadway’s 6500 block. 

Police are still on the lookout for whoever stole the wedding rings. 

 

Brand new car, but no wheels 

When one 23-year-old in Riverdale parked her 2017 Honda Accord in front of 600 W. 246th St., she probably wasn’t expecting what police say happened next. 

After parking her new ride on Friday afternoon, the victim came back on Sunday to find it up on cinder blocks, missing all four rims and tires. 

There weren’t any cameras nearby, according to cops, but they are still on the hunt for the crooks responsible. 

 

Borrowed car turns stolen car 

A 37-year-old woman’s car was stolen last week, after she loaned it to her significant other, police said. 

The victim handed the keys to her 2005 Mazda 3 to her partner, according to police, but he parked it on the 5400 block of Valles Avenue in Fieldston on Nov. 6, just before heading out of town for a week. 

But by the time he returned Friday afternoon, the car was gone. 

A canvass of the area produced no results, police said. Detectives have closed the case, but there is an alarm out for any sighting of the silver sedan.  


Family burgled in their sleep 

A couple was sleeping safe and sound in their home on the 2700 block of University Avenue last week when someone broke in through their living room window, making off with more than $2,000 in stolen property. 

It happened Friday night while the 29-year-old victim and her partner were asleep, according to police. However, they didn’t even know it had happened until their bank reached them about an unauthorized $200 charge on their account. 

Afterward, police say the couple noticed several other items had been taken, including a wallet, a MacBook and some clothes. There also was damage to the guard on the fire escape, designed to keep burglars out. 

Cops are still looking into this case.

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