J Train Thief Steals Along Brooklyn-Queens Border

CYPRESS HILLS – The NYPD is looking for a J train thief in a pattern of robberies targeting women on the Brooklyn-Queens border.

Both incidents took place on southbound J trains on Wednesday, November 8, with the suspect stealing property from straphangers then fleeing through the subway station.

First, at 12:45 pm, the thief grabbed an 18-year old woman by the face, stole her Apple Airpod earbuds, then fled into 111th Street Station in Richmond Hill.

Half an hour later, the thief struck again, grabbing the headphones off the head of a 39-year old woman and fleeing through the Cleveland Station in Cypress Hills.

Police have described the thief as a black man wearing a dark hoodie, a dark bubble jacket light blue jeans and white sneakers. The suspect can be seen on surveillance video below:

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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.

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