NBC 4 New York
Police are searching for several suspects in a series of robberies across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Working together, one suspect offers to fix a driver's flat tire while the other goes inside the vehicle and takes the victim's personal belongings. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
A trio of thieves has been targeting drivers in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan through a scheme in which one of them pretends to fix a flat tire while another goes inside the car to take the driver's belongings, police said.
The majority of the drivers were targeted in Queens, but the scheme has expanded to Manhattan and Brooklyn in the last month, according to police.
In each robbery, one of the suspects approaches drivers and points out a flat tire or approaches the drivers after they've already pulled over for a flat tire. When the drivers go to inspect the damage, the other suspect or suspects take property from the inside of the car.
The first dozen incidents were reported on the following dates and locations in Queens:
Police said Monday they've added the following incidents to the grand larceny pattern:
In the latest thefts, the suspect engaged the victims in the tire repair, having them hold a can of Fix-a-Flat against the flattened tire. In some other instances, the suspect or suspects would spray substance over the back of the victim's jacket and swipe property from the pockets as they cleaned the back of the jacket.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.