The first incident took place on May 25. It was reported to police that at 11:30 p.m., two individuals approached the 54 year-old female victim from the rear in the vicinity of 59th Avenue and 138th Street in Flushing. The suspects shoved the victim to the ground and took her purse, which contained $90 in cash, a cellphone and various credit cards. The suspects took off westbound on 59th Avenue in a gray sedan.
Police said the crooks struck again at approximately 11:57 p.m. on May 30. Law enforcement sources said one of the perpetrators approached a 53-year-old woman from behind in the vicinity of 45th Drive and Oceania Street in Bayside. As the woman exited her vehicle, the suspect shoved her to the ground and, with help from the second suspect, stole the victim’s purse, which contained $2,000 in cash, her cellphone and credit cards.
The suspects fled the scene eastbound on 45th Drive in a four door sedan.
Law enforcement sources said the third incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. on June 5 in front of a location on Maple Avenue near Haight Street. Police said a bandit approached the 39-year-old female victim and tried to take her purse off of her arm. The victim refused to let go of the purse, causing the suspect to push her to the ground and take the purse, which contained $7,000 in USC, 550 Euros, her cellphone and credit cards, with help from the second suspect.
The suspects fled eastbound on Maple Avenue inside of a van following the incident.
The suspects are described as Hispanic males. One suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater and the other was last seen wearing a hooded sweater with the number “88” on it. The depicted vehicle is described as a dark-colored 2006 Dodge Caravan.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.