Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Caught on Tape: Cops Hunt Chain Snatchers

(Cops say this man ripped a chain off a woman’s neck as she rode the subway.)

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX, NEW YORK, MAY 29- Police are looking for chain snatchers who have targeted people on the subway and in building elevators. The two separate incidents occurred two days apart in different neighborhoods in the West Bronx but both attackers were caught on tape.
At around 9:30 a.m. on May 15, a woman was sitting on the northbound D train at East 182nd Street and the Grand Concourse. The rider was approached by a man who ripped the chain from her neck. He fled but not before his image was caught on subway surveillance cameras. 
The suspect is described as a 40 to 50-year-old black male. He was seen wearing a black Nike skullcap, black leather jacket, blue jeans and dark sneakers. 
Another, unrelated, chain snatching occurred the next day in East Tremont. At around 6 p.m. on May 16, a man was entering the elevator of his Morris Avenue building when the mugger followed in behind him. The thief grabbed him forcibly and ripped two chains from around his neck before fleeing the elevator.
The attack was captured on tape from the elevator’s surveillance camera. 
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20-years-old, 5 foot 9, with short black hair and dark complexion. He as last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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