Police need the public’s help in finding a roving wallet thief in South Richmond Hill attacking men for their wallets.
On July 5, the NYPD released video images of the perpetrator behind the series of painful thefts that began at 10:40 p.m. on the night of June 6 in the vicinity of 134th Street and 107th Avenue.
In that incident, authorities said, the suspect walked up to a 50-year-old man and punched his face, then removed his wallet, which contained $70 in cash and two credit cards.
Two nights later, at 11:01 p.m. on June 8, the bandit approached and punched a 56-year-old man in the face in front of a home on 121st Street near 107th Avenue. Police said the suspect took the man’s wallet, which contained $200 in cash and 10 credit cards, then fled the scene inside of a dark-colored four-door sedan that headed southbound on 121st Street.
Finally, at 11:30 p.m. on June 19, the crook punched a 51-year-old man in the back of his head in the area of Liberty Avenue and 120th Street. According to police, the suspect stole the victim’s cellphone and an undetermined amount of cash. He then fled the scene inside a dark-colored, four-door sedan that was last seen heading westbound on 107th Avenue.
All three incidents were reported to the 106th Precinct; none of the victims suffered serious injuries.
Police described the suspect as a black man between 25 and 35 years of age, standing between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, who was last seen wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt, dark colored sweatpants and white sneakers. They also described the getaway car as a four-door Honda with a yellow New York State license plate, driven by an unknown individual.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.