By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for a man who snatched a bag from an 80-year-old woman in Stuyvesant Town on Monday.
At around 12:30 p.m., the woman was approached by the man on the sidewalk in front of 278 First Avenue. He asked her which way Fifth Avenue was and when she pointed in that direction, he grabbed her purse, which had been in a basket in her walker, and fled towards East 18th Street.
The thief got away with $400 in cash and various credit cards. The woman was unharmed.
The suspect is described as being white and six feet tall.
On Tuesday, police from the 13th Precinct stopped by the Stuyvesant Town Community Center to drop off some fliers listing safety tips like not hanging bags in walkers.
Paula Chirhart, a spokesperson for StuyTown property Services, said management has surveillance footage of the incident and has beefed up security in the area.