Police are urging the public to help them track down a man who they say snatched a purse from a wheelchair-bound 98-year-old woman around 125 Ocean Parkway, near Church Avenue, on June 29. The elderly victim, a grandmother who was being pushed in her wheelchair by a home aide when the theft occurred, has been devastated by the crime and is now afraid to leave her home, the Daily News reported.
“She is very scared,” health aide Rozalia Boloyina told the Daily News. “She doesn’t want to go out side anymore. She is afraid of people.”
According to the NYPD, the suspect rode past the elderly woman and her attendant on a bicycle and grabbed the senior’s purse from her lap and took off around 1 p.m. Police said the thief made off with $400, a Medicare card, and keys to her home.
Here is a video of the suspect, as provided by the NYPD.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.
Photo via the NYPD