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Thief in Wheelchair Snatches Bags in Manhattan: NYPD

The man stole purses and bags from women at two locations in Times Square and at a restaurant on West 57th Street

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:21 AM EDT
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Police are looking for a thief in a wheelchair who snatched bags from three women in midtown recently. Katherine Creag reports.

Police are looking for a thief in a wheelchair who snatched bags from three women in midtown recently. Katherine Creag reports.

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Police are looking for a thief in a wheelchair who snatched bags from three women in midtown recently.

The man first grabbed a woman’s bag at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Aug. 19. The bag contained an iPad, wallet, necklace and cash. 

Then, on Aug. 30, a woman's purse was snatched at Nobu Fifty Seven on West 57th Street. The woman told police she noticed it was missing after she hung it underneath the bar. The bag contained credit cards and cash.

On Sept. 3, another purse was stolen from the Havana Central Restaurant on West 46th Street. A woman told police that she put her purse down in an empty chair and went to dance. When she came back, the purse, which contained a wallet, credit cards and cash, was gone. 

Security cameras caught the man leaving the scene of at least one of the thefts in his wheelchair.

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