By Sabina Mollot
On Friday afternoon, a Stuyvesant Town woman had her tote bag snatched as she shopped at the Associated supermarket on East 14th Street.
The woman, who asked that her name not be published, said her bag disappeared at around 12:40 p.m. when she briefly put down her shopping basket with the tote inside to take a carton of ice cream out of the freezer. She said she believes this is when it was taken because she’d gone to the store for the sole purpose of getting her Blue Bunny fix. On her way to checkout for the one item she realized her basket no longer contained her bag.
She then approached a manager and assistant manager who she said were very helpful and searched the store, soon finding the tote on the opposite side in the coffee aisle. Her wallet, however, containing $125 in cash, her credit cards and IDs, including her Stuy Town key-card and Medicare card, were gone. She said she didn’t notice anyone around her while shopping.
She’d made the trip during midday intentionally. “I wanted to avoid the kids,” she quipped, adding that she contacted T&V to warn neighbors.
“It can happen in a split second,” the resident said. “How long does it take to open the door and pull out the ice cream, maybe three or four seconds?”
An employee at the store told T&V there are no surveillance cameras at the store, and no one saw the perp. However, a couple of detectives did pay the store a visit on Monday with regards to the incident.