Gym rat steals iPhone from Heights tennis club

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Gym rat

Cops cuffed a thief accused of raiding a Montague Street gym on Feb. 2 — then prowling a Columbia Heights apartment building looking for easy marks.

A security guard at a tennis club between Hicks Street and Montague Terrace told investigators he was watching a surveillance camera feed at 3:35 pm when he saw a man grab an iPhone from a jacket hanging in a common area.

The crook fled the gym with the phone and started knocking on doors at an apartment building at the corner of Columbia Heights and Clark Street at 6 pm, police allege.

The man allegedly knocked on the doors of two apartments and told residents who answered that he was looking for his cousin.

Cops confronted the 20-year-old suspect, and say they recovered the stolen iPhone after a brief struggle.

Deli deviant

A 26-year-old stole a man’s American Express card from his Gold Street apartment and used it to rack up $19 of charges at a Downtown bodega last month, investigators say.

The crook snatched the credit card from the victim’s wallet during a 9 pm visit to the man’s home at the corner of Myrtle Avenue on Jan. 4, according to filings with the District Attorney’s office.

The suspect allegedly made his deli run at a convenience store around the corner the following morning.

— Ben Muessig

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