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Thief loses his shorts in failed attempt to rob passerby on Brooklyn street

Amusing video shows the moment a man's attempt tried to rob a passerby on a Brooklyn street was thwarted because his shorts kept falling down.  

Surveillance footage from the incident on July 12 shows the attempted thief and victim already engaged as the perpetrator throws the victim to the ground, while struggling to grab a belonging from him. 

But the thief flounders as his shorts fall below his knees while he fights with the victim, who refuses to let go of his property.

The thief is seen dragging the victim - a 25-year-old man who was not named - along the sidewalk as his shorts drop to his ankles and he falls in street, still clinging to the property he's trying to steal. 

When he gets up, a few bystanders attempt to pull him from the victim. 

The incident came as crime continues unabated in the Big Apple, where robberies have surged by nearly 16 percent in the last month compared with the same period last year. 

Police footage shows the moment a man tried to rob a victim on a Brooklyn street, but failed because his shorts kept falling down

Surveillance video from the incident, on July 12, shows the attempted thief and victim already engaged as the perpetrator throws the victim to the ground, while struggling to grab a belonging from him

The thief flounders as his shorts fall below his knees while he fights with the victim, who refuses to let go of his property 

The perpetrator eventually lets go of the man, then pulls up his pants and continues to go after the property for a brief second before giving up and running in the opposite direction.

According to police from the NYPD's 72nd Precinct, the attempted thief fled the scene in a white SUV headed south.

The victim was transported by EMS to NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn, where he was treated for lacerations to the back, elbows, and knees, but listed in stable condition.

When he gets up, a few bystanders attempt to pull him from the victim, who was identified as a 25-year old man

The attempted thief pulls up his pants and continues to go after the property for a brief second before giving up and running in the opposite direction 

The attempted robbery is the latest in the string of crimes that have left many New Yorkers worried that the city is sliding back to the dark days of the '70s and '80s when it earned the nickname 'Fear City'. 

In the 1970s, the city faced $10billion in debt and funds were cut to the police and other services.

NYPD data shows that shootings have spiked 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11, its most recent data. There have been 803 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 623 in 2020.

Assaults have also been on the rise this year, with 11,550 felony assaults reported as of July 18 - up 5.9 percent from the same time period the year before.  

Rapes are also up 2.8 percent so far this year, with 778 reported in the year to July 18, compared to 757 in the same period of 2020.

Other sex crimes are up 24.3 percent to 2,489 this year, compared to 2,002  last year, according to NYPD statistics.

Shootings, meanwhile, have spiked 21.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 18, its most recent data, with 840 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 689 in 2020.

There are also 16 percent more shooting victims this year, the data shows, with 981 people falling prey to gun violence compared to 846 last year.  

And the number of murders risen from 233 to 226 in the same timeframe - a 3.1 percent rise, while rape cases have risen 2.8 percent and other sex crimes have risen a staggering 24.3 percent.  

Crime rates are up citywide, according to NYPD data, with a 5.9 percent increase in felony assaults compared to last year

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