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Persistent Necklace Thief Hits Same Subway Train and Station at Same Time, NYPD Says

The three known attacks happened between April 24 and May 11

What to Know

  • The NYPD is looking for an alleged necklace thief who stole chains off three women over the last month
  • All three alleged robberies happened on the 7 train, at Bryant Park, in the same one-hour mid-afternoon window
  • The NYPD released a photo of a black male in his 40s who is wanted for questioning in the incidents

Police are looking for an alleged subway necklace thief who keeps ripping chains off of women - on the same train, at the same station and at roughly the same time too.

All three incidents happened on the 7 train at the 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue stop in Bryant Park, and all between 1:40 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.

The first incident, April 24, involved a 30-year-old woman on a northbound train. The last two incidents -- with a 46-year-old woman on May 6 and a 49-year-old woman on May 11 -- happened on southbound trains. 

In all three cases, the attacker snatched the women's chains as the train doors opened at the station and then ran off. One woman suffered scratches but refused medical attention; it was unclear if the other two were injured. 

The NYPD is looking for a black male, ages 40 to 50 years old, who was last seen wearing a long-sleeved dress shirt, dark jeans and dark-colored sneakers with white soles.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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