Thieves on scooters dash at unsuspecting pedestrians and steal thousands of dollars’ worth of gold chains in seconds before taking off, the NYPD said.
Police are investigating five such robberies between March 18 and April 17 in the Bronx and Manhattan.
The first robbery occurred at 12:38 p.m. on March 18, when two men on a black scooter approached a 47-year-old man on East Fordham Road in Fordham Heights and ripped an $8,000 gold chain from his neck, the newspaper said police with.
About 20 minutes later that same day, a 42-year-old man was standing in front of 516 West 181st St. in Washington Heights when a man on a black scooter approached him, pointed a gun and grabbed $10,000 worth of gold chains from his neck, shared the police with.
At around 4:30 p.m. on March 20, a man on a black motor scooter snatched two $500 worth of gold chains from a 30-year-old woman who was crossing Tiebout Avenue and East Fordham Road in Fordham Heights.
On March 21, 2022, at approximately 12:50 p.m., two gold chains worth $2,000 were stolen from a 30-year-old man at the intersection of Wadsworth Avenue and West 180th Street in Washington Heights. According to police, the thief was on a black scooter.
Surveillance video shows the scooter rider pulling up onto the sidewalk, grabbing the chain, and then driving off while the victim tries to run after him.
Another victim, a 62-year-old man, was standing outside 991 Southern Blvd. Gold chains worth $6,600 were stolen in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx at 1:30 p.m. on March 23 by a man on a black scooter, police said.
A man on a black scooter snatched two $4,000 worth of gold chains from a 46-year-old man walking near 965 Southern Blvd. at 11:30 a.m. on 17.04.
All of the suspected thieves wore all-black clothing, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or to log on to the Crime Stoppers website.
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