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Brooklyn car thief fleeing cops wreaks havoc with demolition derby wrecking five cars


A teen car thief turned a residential stretch of southern Brooklyn into a demolition derby Friday morning after cops spotted him in a stolen Mercedes Benz, police said.

An NYPD license plate scanner showed the stolen black Mercedes cruising at 9:11 a.m. within the 61st Precinct area, according to an NYPD spokesman.

Mercedes owner Dalip Karpuzi (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
Mercedes owner Dalip Karpuzi (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

Several hours later, cops spotted the stolen vehicle on E. 52nd St. near Ave H in the nearby 63rd Precinct,  but the thief floored it after officers attempted a traffic stop.

With cops in pursuit, the thief sped south against traffic on one-way E. 52nd St., cops said, where he hit a Mercedes sedan, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a silver Toyota Rav 4.

A man said to be approximately 18-20yrs old behind the wheel of a stolen 2020 black Mercedes Benz GLA250 SUV fled NYPD Officers as they tried to pull him over, driving the wrong way southbound on East 52nd Street from Avenue H, where he struck a parked Mercedes sedan, a parked black Jeep Grand Cherokee and a parked Toyota, before smashing into a second black Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and a Hyundai Kona SUV at the intersection of East 52nd Street and Avenue I in Brooklyn on Friday June 7, 2024. 1210. The Suspect then fled on foot, but was nabbed in the vicinity of Avenue J and East 53rd Street. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
A man said to be approximately 18-20yrs old behind the wheel of a stolen 2020 black Mercedes Benz GLA250 SUV fled NYPD Officers. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

At E. 52nd St. and Ave I, he hit a grey Hyundai Kona and another Jeep Grand Cherokee, before abandoning the Benz and running away on foot, according to police and witnesses.

Officers managed to corner the suspect — a 17-year-old boy — on Ave. I near E. 54th St. at 11:49 p.m., cops said.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen propery and reckless endangerment, police said.

A man said to be approximately 18-20yrs old behind the wheel of a stolen 2020 black Mercedes Benz GLA250 SUV fled NYPD Officers in Brooklyn on Friday June 7, 2024. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
A man said to be approximately 18-20yrs old behind the wheel of a stolen 2020 black Mercedes Benz GLA250 SUV fled NYPD Officers in Brooklyn on Friday June 7, 2024. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

The owner of the stolen car, Staten Island resident Dalip Karpuzi, 70, told the Daily News he had parked his black 2020 Mercedes Benz near his brother’s Brooklyn home on Ocean Ave. near Ave. Y around 7 p.m. Thursday. He returned to the spot at 2 a.m. Friday to find his car gone.

“Around 2 o’clock we decide to go home and the car is not there,” Karpuzi said.

Karpuzi said he suspects the thief used scanner technology to clone the electronic signatures on his key fobs to gain access to the Benz.

 

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