A man who fell asleep on an L train last week woke up to find that his phone and credits cards had been stolen—because someone cut through his pocket. A video of the grand larceny, below, subsequently circulated on social media.
According to the NYPD, the incident occurred around 2:12 a.m. on June 12th, on a Canarsie-bound L train. A 28-year-old man fell asleep as the train headed towards Atlantic Avenue, and the suspect, police say, "cut the victim's pants, removing his cell phone and credit cards." The suspect then fled to another part of the train.
Apparently two unauthorized transactions totaling $68 were made on the credit cards.
A few years ago, there was a rise in the number of robberies involving sleeping subway riders, prompting then-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to ask police officers assigned to the subways to wake up sleeping passengers.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male 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 CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.