Gang of thieves wreak havoc on Upper East and West sides

Robbery Pattern 28
CCTV images of the apparently coordinated attackers.
Courtesy of NYPD

Marked similarities that occurred in a series of robberies on March 2 suggests that a potential gang of at least three criminals are working together to target individuals.

The patterm of attack was the same for each of the three crimes that occured: victims were approached from behind before being pushed to the ground and robbed of their possesions.

All three attacks occurred on pedestrians on the Upper East and West Sides and in a very short period of time.

The first victim was a 50-year-old female, attacked at approximately 8:20 p.m. at the rear end of 50 West End Avenue. Her purse, containing multiple credit cards, was stolen.

After this at approximately 8:30 pm, a 38-year-old female had her purse, containing a Samsung Note 3,, snatched in the vicinity of 3rd Avenue and East 65th St.

The last victim was accosted minutes later at 8:35pm in front of 421 East 65th Street while walking her dog. Her stolen purse contained two pairs of sunglasses and sevel electronic devices.

Anyone with information in regard to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-88c8-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.