NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is looking for two teens who’ve been allegedly targeting older women and snatching their jewelry in the Baychester section of the Bronx.
The oldest victim is 93 years old and two gold chains were ripped from her neck.
The victim’s next door neighbor checks in on her every day.
“She’s just very nervous, so right now she doesn’t want to talk to anybody,” the woman, who did not want to be identified, told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu. “A young gentleman came over to her and says to her, ‘where’s the doctor?’ And she says ‘I’m sorry, there’s no doctor here.’ And he reached in and just ripped her two chains off her neck and he ran down the block.”
Another victim was attacked nearby. The 62-year-old woman told Hsu over the phone that she was walking her dog when the suspect approached her. The woman said the suspect acted like he was going to pet her dog, but then ripped the off her chain of her neck and ran.
The teens also robbed three other women in their 60s and 70s.
Police say the robberies started three weeks ago within a six-block area near Morris Park Avenue. So far, five women have reported a chain snatching.
Their first attempt was April 10 on a 55-year-old, from whom they got nothing.
Police are searching for two suspects, one who allegedly snatches the jewelry, the other who drives a getaway car, Hsu reported.
One suspect is described as a white male between 16 and 19-years old, 5’6″ to 5’9″ with short dark colored hair.
The second suspect is described as a white male, also between 16 and 19.
Neighbors said the incidents have them on edge.
“It’s upsetting, you feel like you always have to live behind locked doors, the wrong people are out on the street,” Ida Weihe told Hsu.
“I just hope they catch these guys because it’s really a sin that they’re targeting the women and elderly women,” another resident added.
All the robberies happened in broad daylight. Police are warning residents to keep their eyes open and not to wear flashy jewelry.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).
You can also submit a tip by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.
The details of each incident is below, as supplied by the NYPD. The video above is from incident # 3.
Incident # 1: On April 10, 2013 at approximately 1635 hours, the suspect approached a F/W/55, who was walking her dog, and attempted to remove a chain from her neck. The suspect was unsuccessful and fled without any property.
Incident # 2: On April 16, 2013 at approximately 1350 hours, two suspects approached a F/W/71 and snatched a gold chain from her neck. The suspects fled the location with the gold chain.
Incident # 3: On April 16, 2013 at approximately 1430 hours, while standing in her driveway, the victim, F/B/93, was approached by the suspect who snatched two gold chains from the her neck. The suspects fled the location with the gold chain.
Incident # 4: On April 17, 2013 at approximately 1440 hours, the suspect approached a F/W/62, who was walking her dog, engaged her in a conversation while suspect# 2 removed a chain from her neck. The suspects fled the location with the victim’s chain.
Incident # 5: On April 29, 2013 at 1855 hours, the victim, F/W/61, was approached by the suspect who asked for direction and snatched the victim’s gold chain from her neck. The suspect fled the location, possibly in an older model gray sedan.
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