By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a 39-year-old man for a string of alleged purse snatchings around Union Square last Tuesday afternoon. Daniel Negrin was busted inside the Food Emporium at 10 Union Square East after he allegedly took a woman’s purse that was on top of her shopping cart and tried to leave the store. A store security officer who saw the incident stopped Negrin as he was attempting to flee. Police said that video surveillance showed Negrin taking the victim’s bag out of her cart, and the victim told police that her bag contained credit cards as well as a Louis Vuitton organizer worth more than $1,000.
According to the district attorney’s office, Negrin also grabbed a woman’s purse off her shopping cart from the same store on December 28 around 2:20 p.m. The victim told police that she left her pocketbook on the cart and walked away from it briefly and when she returned, the bag was gone.
Negrin was also charged in connection with a similar incident that occurred in the Union Square Burlington Coat Factory at 40 East 14th Street on September 19, 2017 around 2:30 p.m. The victim told police that she was in the store when her purse went missing from her shopping cart. Police said that Negrin could be seen on video surveillance taking the victim’s bag from the shopping cart and leaving the store with it.
Negrin was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny and possession of stolen property.
Negrin’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment on the case.