Cops searching for woman in connection to robbery pattern on the 7 train in Queens

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Police are looking for a woman who is connected to a series of robberies targeting 7 train riders in Queens.

According to police, the suspect was involved in nine grand larcenies that took place other the course of two months. Police arrested a male partner involved in two of the capers.

Authorities said the first incident took place on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. A 20-year-old woman boarded a crowded Flushing-bound 7 train. The female suspect reached into the victim’s pocketbook, taking her wallet, which had the victim’s credit and debit cards inside. When the victim got home, she contacted her bank and canceled her cards.

One hour after the first incident, a 40-year-old female was aboard the Flushing-bound 7 train talking on her cellphone. The train pulled into the Junction Boulevard station and the victim noticed that her cellphone wallet case was missing from her bag. When she tried to exit the train, she was bumped by the male suspect, who took her wallet from her bag and stayed on the train.

Seven more robberies took place between Feb. 21 and March 16. In each instance, the female suspect robbed women of their wallet or cell phone. The victims only noticed that their belongings were gone after exiting the train.

However, on March 16, NYPD Transit District 20 officers observed the male suspect on the platform at the Queensboro Plaza station. The suspect reached into a 33-year-old woman’s coat pocket, taking her cell phone.Police later apprehended William Obregon, 36, who was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

The female suspect remains at large. She is described as a Hispanic female between the ages of 30- and 35-years-old. The investigation is ongoing.

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Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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