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Brazen L.I. Pathmark Mugging Caught On Surveillance Tape

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The alleged thief hides behind a display of baked goods after snatching the victim's purse. (Photo/CBS 2)

The alleged thief hides behind a display of baked goods after snatching the victim’s purse. (Photo/CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A Long Island woman became the victim of a brazen mugging at a New Hyde Park grocery store last week.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was shopping at Pathmark Thursday when she sensed a strange man keeping a watchful eye on her. As she went to grab a loaf of bread, the alleged perpetrator grabbed the woman’s wallet out of her open purse, which she left in her cart.

“I actually felt him nearby, so I was being a little cautious. I had my hand close to my cart and I felt the cart shake,” the victim told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

She admits that leaving her handbag in her cart was certainly a bad move.

“I know you’re not supposed to do [that], but I was tired and my pocketbook weighs about 10 pounds,” she said.

After he snatched the wallet, the thief ran and hid behind a display of baked goods. That’s when the victim confronted him and was subsequently pushed to the ground.

“He forcefully shoved her to the floor, where she banged her head on the shopping cart and scraped up her knees and shoulder,” Det. Lt. Ray Coté said.

“He pushed me after I think I said ‘I’m being mugged’ or ‘I was mugged!’ I wanted people to see that this man took my wallet,” the victim said.

Nassau County police hope someone recognizes the thief and provides the information needed to make an arrest.

“I blame myself, but it’s not me. This guy should not be doing this and you know we should get him off the street,” the victim said.

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