NEW YORK — Individuals within the metropolis are nervous concerning the growing variety of criminals utilizing mopeds in snatch-and-grab robberies.
CBS2’s Astrid Martinez has extra on the crime wave.
Blink and also you may simply turn out to be a sufferer. Driving shortly alongside roads and sidewalks, mopeds are central to against the law development seen just lately throughout town.
“Yeah it is scary. I am simply off for a run proper now and I used to be pondering I needed to put on a fanny pack with a water bottle and my cellphone in it after which I used to be like, why would I put one thing that might be snatched,” one lady stated.
The most recent mugging on a moped occurred Saturday proper throughout the road from the heavily-trafficked Guggenheim Museum on East 89th Road, Martinez reported Sunday.
“It should’ve been surprising and scary,” an Higher East Aspect resident stated.
Police stated two males on a black moped tried to seize a girl’s necklace as she walked with a good friend within the afternoon.
Surveillance video reveals the 2 suspects using alongside the sidewalk and stopping in entrance of two ladies. She fights him off and each males flee.
Officers say the attackers are males, roughly of their 20s and with skinny builds.
“I would not do this. I might simply be like ‘It is yours,'” one lady stated.
On Friday at round 1 p.m., police say a 64-year-old man was strolling down the sidewalk on West twenty third Road when a passenger of a mud bike acquired off, forcibly snatched the person’s watch and pushed him to the bottom.
The suspect acquired again on the dust bike and all three took off. The sufferer suffered minor accidents.
The NYPD is in search of the suspects in each incidents and looking for out if the crimes are linked.
Muggings on mopeds have been going down many of the 12 months. One other video reveals two males using a scooter, hop up on the sidewalk, seize a girl’s purse and throw her to the bottom again in June in Brooklyn.
In July, NYPD was additionally trying into three Queens moped armed robberies. Surveillance video of 1 incident reveals two males on a moped allegedly approached a girl strolling in entrance of a house on Kessel Road. Based on police, the boys pulled out knives and took the girl’s cellphone, debit card and ID earlier than fleeing the scene.
Robberies, assaults and even a drive-by taking pictures earlier this 12 months within the Bronx that claimed the lifetime of an 11-year-old woman have been carried out by criminals driving these gadgets. Mopeds are quick changing into the felony’s journey of alternative.
Residents stated for all, all they will do is keep alert.
“It is at all times simply bear in mind and keep round different folks,” one lady stated.
Anybody with any data is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). It’s also possible to submit a tip by way of their web site or by way of DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are saved confidential.