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New York City pickpockets lead cops the wrong way across the Manhattan Bridge in a chase

Two people wanted in connection with nearly a dozen handbag thefts at designer stores led police in a frenzied chase across the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night.

The dangerous pursuit ended when the men abandoned their Toyota Scion with Pennsylvania plates – and one of the suspected thieves jumped from the top of the bridge to the lower level and then crossed the subway tracks that carry the B/D/N/ Operate Q trains, law authorities said.

Police caught up with the fleeing suspects on foot and accused the driver of reckless endangerment as the FNDY put out a small fire in the getaway car’s engine caused by mechanical problems, sources said.

The chase began around 6:30 p.m. when police recognized the car in connection with a series of robberies and attempted to stop it on Spring Street and Greene Street in Soho, according to sources.

A 13-block pursuit ensued to the mouth of the bridge as the suspects headed east toward Brooklyn in the westbound lanes of the East River junction, disrupting rush-hour traffic, sources said.

The getaway car caught fire on the Manhattan Bridge, where the suspects left it.
The getaway car caught fire on the Manhattan Bridge, where the suspects left it.

The unidentified men are believed to have been involved in 11 brazen robberies of luxury stores in Soho, Midtown, the Upper East Side and White Plains, and police found stolen goods in the car, according to sources.

Organized luxury store robberies increased sharply during the COVID-19 pandemicas large groups of shoplifters ransack boutiques, steal high-value merchandise and flee before the police can arrive.

In one such incident last monthfive men stole $48,300 worth of purses from the Céline boutique in Soho within moments during a broad daylight robbery.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/nyc-handbag-thieves-lead-cops-on-wrong-way-chase-across-manhattan-bridge/ New York City pickpockets lead cops the wrong way across the Manhattan Bridge in a chase

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