Man sought for stealing wallets from victims along the 7 line in Jackson Heights

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Cops are looking for a man who is responsible for stealing two wallets in two days from passengers on the 7 train.

According to police, at 6:40 p.m. on April 7, an unknown individual approached a 22-year-old woman from behind inside of the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street subway station. The suspect reached into the victim’s backpack and took her wallet, which contained her credit cards.

The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction.

At 3:30 p.m.. on April 9, just two days after the first incident, a 49-year-old woman was riding a crowded northbound 7 train and was bumped several times by an unknown individual. When the woman checked her purse, she realized that she was no longer in possession of her wallet, which contained several credit cards and $320 in cash.

Police described the thief as a dark-skinned man who was last seen wearing a black knitted cap, a gray vest, a gray sweater, gray sweatpants and black and white sneakers.

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 at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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