Teen busted for thefts from strollers in neighborhood playgrounds

Augustus St. Gaudens Playground (Photo by Alan Krevis)

Augustus St. Gaudens Playground (Photo by Alan Krevis)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a teenager for thefts in two different parks this week.

The teen was busted after a theft in Evelyn’s Playground at Union Square East and East 16th Street at 10:16 a.m. last Thursday. Police said that officers were patrolling this area because there was recently a pattern of thefts in neighborhood playgrounds.

The teen approached three separate strollers with purses attached in the Union Square playground and attempted to swipe the bags. When he was questioned by police, they said the teen admitted, “I took money.”

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