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A brazen thief in New York snatched the purse of a 90-year-old woman as she strolled through Manhattan earlier this month, authorities said Monday.
The robbery happened around 6:45 p.m. on May 10 outside 20 West 64th Street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, police said.
The incident comes as the citywide grand theft has risen 51.8% so far this year, with 18,732 cases reported through May 22, compared to 12,344 in the same period. last year, according to NYPD statistics.
The New York Police Department released video on Monday showing an unknown man walking behind the older woman as she wheeled her walker. The suspect reaches for the woman’s walker and grabs her purse before walking away, according to video.
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The woman appears to pause for a moment before turning to follow the suspect.
Although police did not immediately provide details of the male suspect, investigators released a surveillance image of him appearing to hide the woman’s purse under his jacket.
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Authorities have asked anyone with information about the grand larceny suspect to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).