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March 9, 2010

Burglary on your block? Check out The Brooklyn Paper’s new interactive crime map

The Brooklyn Paper
by Gersh Kuntzman

The Brooklyn Paper’s most-loved column — the weekly Police Blotter — enters the modern age this week with a new feature that gives you maps of all the crimes in our coverage area, allowing you to search block-by-block, crime-by-crime or precinct-by-precinct.

Has there been a burglary on your block?

What’s the latest on the iPhone bandit?

Where are the hotspots for car theft?

It’s all now one click away.

Click here for instructions on how to use The Brooklyn Paper's new interactive crime map.

Clicking on most any point on the map will open a pop-up window with the type of crime, the date and time when the crime was perpetrated, the police precinct in which it occurred, and The Brooklyn Paper's description of the crime. In every case in which we clicked on a point on the map, it revealed a single crime — except for two locations. Can you guess what those were?

Yup, clicking on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center malls opens super-sized pop-up windows chock full of criminal activity — and that's just for the past 90 days.

Here the report on the latest crimes:

The Brooklyn Paper, Police Blotter, More oyPhone trouble

More Target trauma

There were two more crimes at the Atlantic Avenue Target that came to light last week. Here’s a roundup:

• A thief stole a mom’s purse from the lobby of the building, which is near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, while she was folding her baby’s stroller on Feb. 28. The victim told cops that this mom menace must have grabbed her purse off the floor while she was busy with the child at around 1 pm.

• An employee turned conniving counterfeiter when he tried to pay for items with fake money on Jan. 23. The fake funds amounted to over $2,500, but the crime was not discovered until last week.

Posted by eric at March 9, 2010 11:01 PM