2008-10-17 / Front Page

Befuddled Burglar Beats BC Woman

By Howard Schwach

A Broad Channel woman was shaken from a deep sleep last week by an enterprising thief who beat and robbed her and then told her that he was in the wrong house before he fled in an accomplice's automobile, police say.

A woman was beaten and robbed at this Cross Bay Boulevard home on October 8.
Jacqueline Brust, 67, was asleep in the second floor bedroom of her home at 1303 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel at about 7:30 a.m. on October 8 when she was awakened to find a man going through her closet and dresser drawers.

Realizing she was awake, the burglar forced her to pick up her jewelry box and go downstairs and sit in her living room.

The man then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and threatened Brust, police say.

The befuddled burglar then told the surprised woman that he "was in the wrong address," and demanded her jewelry.

A struggle ensued, police say, in which Brust was cut on her ring finger and punched on the right side of her face, causing bruising, swelling and pain.

The criminal then picked up Brust's phone and made a quick call, saying nothing, but apparently sending a message to a companion.

Brust told police that, shortly after the criminal hung up the phone, she heard two quick beeps of an automobile horn and the man fled the scene through her back door.

After he left, she says, she noticed that the back window had been broken and the thief had apparently crawled through the window to gain entrance.

Police say he forgot the jewelry, but got away with about $30 in cash.

No description of the burglar was furnished by police sources.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct Squad in Rockaway Park are investigating.

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