Police are searching for a man who has been stealing women's wallets and purses from various Manhattan businesses and then using their credit cards.
The first incident took place on May 8th, around 10 a.m., when a 39-year-old woman found her wallet missing and called the police. Later it was discovered that the robber had taken the wallet from inside 52 9th Avenue, the L'Occitane store in the Meatpacking District. The NYPD says that the suspect "made several unauthorized charges at various locations on the victim's credit card totaling approximately $1,000."
Then on May 18th, around 4:45 p.m., a 41-year-old woman discovered her purse was missing and a police investigation determined that the purse had been taken from inside the Canvas Home store at 123 West 17th Street. The thief then made "several unauthorized charges at various locations on the victim's credit card totaling approximately $300," according to the police.
Two days later, on May 20th, around 6:30 p.m., a 20-year-old woman called the police after she found her purse missing. The authorities found that the male suspect took her purse from inside Loring Place, a restaurant at 21 West 8th Street, and later made "several unauthorized charges at various locations on the victim's credit card totaling approximately $600."
The suspect, who is wanted for grand larceny, is described as being in his 30s, 5'8" and around 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a T-shirt and shorts. In the May 8th incident, photos provided by the police show the suspect wearing a green Borgata casino shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.