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Wheelchair-Bound Suspect Charged With Stealing Purses, Wallets

Police: Thief Struck At High-End Midtown Restaurants, Hotel
Wheelchair-Bound Theft Suspect

A suspect in the thefts of pocketbooks and purses in high-end Midtown hotels and restaurants. (Credit: NYPD/CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A wheelchair-bound man was in police custody Saturday morning, accused of stealing wallets and purses from guests at high-end Manhattan restaurants and hotels.

As 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported, Matias Moreno-Boza of Perth Amboy, N.J., has been charged with four counts of grand larceny in connection with the thefts, which happened between Aug. 19 and Sept. 6, police said.

Police said in the earliest incident, at 8:45 p.m. Aug. 19, the suspect pretended to be a guest at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, and stole an unattended bag from a 42-year-old woman. The bag contained a wallet, an iPad, a necklace and an unspecified amount of money, police said.

The thief allegedly struck again at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30 inside Nobu restaurant, 40 W. 57th St. A 34-year-old woman noticed her bag containing credit cards and money missing after hanging it up underneath the bar, police said.

In a third incident, at 9:45 p.m. Sept. 3, a 40-year-old woman left her purse behind as she got up to dance at Havana Central Restaurant, 151 W. 46th St., police said. When she returned, her purse – containing a wallet, credit cards and money – was missing, police said.

And at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6, a 35-year-old woman at Txikito, 240 Ninth Ave., found her pocketbook missing after placing it behind her on a chair.

After one theft, police said Moreno-Boza allegedly used one of the stolen credit cards to get back to New Jersey.

In each incident, Moreno-Boza would simply roll away in his wheelchair before anyone noticed the thefts, police said.

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