Female bag thief preying on women at Union Square Starbucks

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Theft suspect at jewelry store

Cops are looking for a woman believed to have stolen wallets and bags from women at Starbucks as well as Gemma restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The thief apparently takes bags and wallets that their owners have hung on the backs of their chairs and uses their credit cards.

Two of the incidents took place at the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East.
On Saturday evening, October 14, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee when she realized her wallet was missing. She then discovered her credit card was used at a nearby Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street.

On Monday morning, October 16, a 25-year-old woman at Starbucks realized the bag she’d placed on the floor next to her had disappeared. In this case, there were no unauthorized charges.

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Bag theft suspect at Taco Bell

Police said the pattern started on Monday, October 9 at the Starbucks at 245 East 80th Street, when a 27-year-old woman who’d been reading a book realized the bag she’d hung over her chair was missing. She later learned her credit card was used at a Forever Sirrons Jewelry store located at 1685 Third Avenue and that her Paypal card was used to withdraw $3,399 from her account.

In the most recent incident, on Thursday, October 19, a 24-year-old woman sitting at Gemma restaurant at 335 Bowery noticed the tote bag she’d put on the floor between two chairs was missing. The tote was valued at $300.

The suspect is described as a black woman who was last seen wearing a brown du-rag on her head, a white t-shirt under a black long sleeve shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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. All calls are strictly confidential.

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