Three men sought for stealing purses out of women’s hands on Queens streets: cops

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police released footage on Tuesday night of two bandits who stole purses from women who were walking in Jamaica last month.

According to authorities, at 2:10 p.m. on Jan. 17, a 43-year-old woman was walking at the corner of Highland Avenue and Home Lawn Street in Jamaica Hills when she was approached from behind by two unknown men. The men proceeded to grab the victim’s purse from her hand and then took off eastbound on Highland Avenue.

Five days later, at 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 22, a 45-year-old woman was walking on 175th Street near Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica when the duo approached. Cops said the thieves grabbed her purse from her hand and fled the scene northbound on 175th Street.

The third incident took place at 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 29, when a 60-year-old woman was walking down 172nd Street between Hillside and 89th avenues. Law enforcement sources said three unknown men approached the woman from behind, then forcibly removed the victim’s purse from her left arm, causing her to fall to the ground. The trio then fled on foot heading southbound on 172nd Street.

There were no reported injuries in any of the robberies.

Police released the following video of the perpetrators walking on Hillside Avenue prior to the third robbery:


The suspects are described as black men aged 16 to 17 years old and standing between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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