A Deli Heist In Progress

Dear Diary:

Metropolitan Diary

Reader Tales From the City

As I walked down Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, I saw two Police Department scooters pull to the curb. An officer emerged from each, adjusting the heavy gear they carry around their waists.

One remained by the scooters as the second hurriedly approached the row of businesses on that block.

Were they responding to a crime in progress?

I stayed at a safe distance.

The first officer called out, “White! American!”

Could this be a description of the perp?

No, our finest was headed into a Subway sandwich shop, and this was an order for her comrade’s lunch.


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