Police are searching for three men suspected of five separate incidents of shoving, punching, kicking, and robbing a total of $636 in cash from elderly people in Coney Island throughout December — some in broad daylight.
Most recently, the suspects shoved an 82-year-old woman’s back near Mermaid Avenue and West 35th Street, before stealing her purse which held $350 in cash at 11:30am on December 29, say cops. Then, an hour later, they reportedly kicked a 62-year-old woman to the ground on West 33rd Street, but didn’t rob her at all.
Two days earlier, the suspects tried to hit a 78-year-old man inside an apartment building on West 30th Street, before stealing his $160 in cash, metrocard, and bank card on December 27 around 3:30pm, say cops.
Earlier in the month the suspects approached a 68-year-old victim outside an apartment building on West 33rd Street and knocked him out with a punch, before nabbing $120 in cash from his wallet on December 19 at 8:30pm, say cops.
The suspects began their spree on the morning of November 30, when they slipped a purse off the shoulder of a 61-year-old woman on West 33 Street, running off with her cellphone and $6 at 9:30am, according to police reports.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.