Police: Queens Cycle-Riding Cell Phone Bandit Strikes For 19th Time
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Police are asking for help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with 19 grand larcenies that occurred in Queens.
Authorities said the suspect, described by police as a black or Hispanic male, rides a black bicycle to approach victims and grab their cell phones from their hands in all of the incidents. No injuries have been reported.
The suspect is described as approximately 20 to 30 years old and between 5’6” and 5’8” and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.
The incidents date back to July 15 with the latest coming on Monday, September 19. It happened at the intersection of Broadway and 29 Street.
Anyone with information in regard to any of the incidents in this pattern is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.