NYPD Seeking Thieves Who Target Pedestrians - NBC New York

NYPD Seeking Thieves Who Target Pedestrians

The group is believed to have been involved in at least five robberies in Brooklyn dating back to November.



    NYPD Seeking Thieves Who Target Pedestrians
    This image of the four suspects was captured by surveillance cameras.

    The NYPD is looking for a group of four thieves wanted in at least five robberies of Brooklyn pedestrians since November.      

    Police say the four suspects -- two men and two women -- stop to ask their victims for directions and then steal whatever they can grab before fleeing.      

    A gun was used in at least two of the robberies, which happened in the Williamsburg, Bushwick and East New York sections of Brooklyn.

    The most recent incident happened last Thursday just after 6 p.m. on Willoughby Avenue. A man and a woman approached the 21-year-old victim, brandished a weapon, and stole his iPhone before fleeing.

    Police say the robbers struck three times during a five-day period in late January, stealing electronics from a 57-year-old man on Fulton Street on Jan. 29, jewelry, cash and other items from a 24-year-old man on Rockaway Parkway Jan. 28, and a necklace charm from a 72-year-old man on Varet Street Jan. 24.

    The robbery spree dates back to Nov. 30, when the suspects stole jewelry from a 16-year-old boy on Himrod Street and ran off.

    The male suspects are described as being between the ages of 30 and 35 and 20 and 25, respectively. Both female suspects are believed to be in their early to mid 20s.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800)-577-8477 or submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com.