NYPD Seeking Second Avenue Wheelchair Bandit

By Linda Dimyan
|  Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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NYPD Seeking Second Avenue Wheelchair Bandit

Police are looking for this man.

What's worse than taking candy from a baby? Taking a wheelchair from an old man.

Cops say the man pictured above a tourists motorized wheelchair on the East Side.

The wheelchair belonged to a 68-year-old man from Florida who was having dinner with his daughter at Palm Too restaurant at 840 Second Avenue on July 20, cops said.

The elderly man -- a stroke victim -- left his wheelchair parked outside when a witness saw the robber motoring away northbound on the sidewalk, cops said.

 The blue and black wheelchair is a "Jet 3 Ultra" model, manufactured by Pride.
 
The robber is described by cops as a white or Hispanic male with short, dark hair, and is about 25-30 years old. He believed to be 5’8” to 5’10” and weighs about 160-170 pounds. The brazen bandit was wearing a blue shirt, light-colored pants and white sneakers when he struck.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
 
All calls are strictly confidential.

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