New York News
Suspect in a wheelchair stealing women's purses
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A crook is hitting hot spots in Midtown, Manhattan to swipe women's purses.
His unconventional getaway vehicle is a wheelchair.
He's targeted fancy restaurants and a hotel.
His victims don't realize what happened until he's wheeled himself away.
The suspect is described as Hispanic man in a wheelchair.
Police released surveillance photos of him wheeling away, dressed all in black.
"A guy in a wheel chair stealing purses, that's crazy. I guess only in New York," said Brayan Orzo, a customer.
Investigators believe this man stole a 42-year-old woman's bag at the Marriot Marquis Hotel on Monday August 19th, getting away with her wallet, iPad, necklace, and money.
Then four days later, a 34-year-old woman noticed her bag was missing at Nobu on 57th Street, again credit cards and money all gone.
Police say she hung it up underneath a bar.
And another four days after that incident, a 40-year-old woman placed her purse on an empty chair next to her.
She got up to dance and when she got back found her purse was missing, and her wallet, credit cards and money were all inside.
Customers are passing the word around to keep your belongings close.
"How is that possible. He must be fast. That's crazy that people steal a purse in a wheel chair," said Cornelio Joseph, a customer.
"It's stealing whether you're on crutches, in a wheelchair, or walking. It's against the law," said another customer.
nyc news, new york city news, new york news, new york city, midtown, theft, new york news, carolina leid
- Vietnam spots oil slicks in hunt for missing jet 38 min ago
- AccuWeather: Milder, maybe a shower 33 min ago
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Man in coma after Long Island City hit and run 5 min ago
- Kindergartener leaves school unnoticed in Morrisania
- Missing man found buried in nephew's backyard
- Photo released of Queens bank robbery suspect 14 min ago
- Measles cases confirmed in Manhattan, Bronx
- Florida family falls ill after eating meat with LSD
- Exclusive: Mistaken identity arrest
- Battling a third party energy company
- Spring forward: Time to set the clocks head 44 min ago
- Photos: Stolen jewelry items in Ramsey robbery
- Vietnam spots oil slicks in hunt for...
38 min ago
- AccuWeather: Milder, maybe a shower
33 min ago