POLICE BEAT

A very hungry thief

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Have you ever seen food that looked so good you just wanted to steal it off someone’s plate? Well, one man acted on that urge, robbing a delivery worker on March 15. 

The victim was dropping off food on the 200 block of West 238th Street, police said, sometime between 8:40 and 9:30 that evening. He was punched twice on the side of the head before the attacker grabbed the food and ran down West 238th toward Orloff Avenue. 

Police valued the food at $25.

Investigators are looking for a Black man, 5-foot-8 and 220 pounds. 

A real crack-up

If you’re going to drive around in a stolen car, maybe it’s best to leave the crack pipe at home. 

A car thief could’ve used this advice when he was arrested in Brooklyn on March 22 around 8:30 p.m., for doing exactly that, police said.

The car was actually stolen three days before from the northeast corner of Broadway and West 237th Street. As the story usually goes, the victim left his 2015 Toyota RAV4 running for a few minutes around 7:30 in the evening, only to return and find it missing. 

Authorities spotted the car a few days later on the crooner of Herkimer Street and Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, according to a report. Police pulled the car over and arrested the driver, who also was cited for allegedly having a crack pipe on him.

He was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. The RAV4 was returned to its owner.

Not quite an environmentalist

There’s a pollution enthusiast at large. At least that’s one conclusion someone might draw about an unknown perp who stole a catalytic converter from a car.

The victim told authorities she parked her 2005 Honda Element near the 5400 block of Fieldston Road during the late afternoon on March 7. It was when she returned the next morning and tried to start her car that she noticed the pollution control device had been removed.

The part is worth around $3,300, and detectives are on the case.