Police: Purse Snatched From 84-Year-Old Woman Sitting At Bronx Bus Stop

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 84-year-old woman was robbed while waiting for a bus in the Bronx on Wednesday.

The woman was sitting on a bus stop bench on East 174th Street when a man grabbed her purse off her shoulder and took off, police said.

He ran into a nearby building, where another man was holding the door open for him, police said.

The two men then jumped into an elevator and fled farther into the building, police said.

The incident in one of several recent unrelated crimes against the elderly.

On Sunday, 86-year-old Bernice Starnes was sitting in her wheelchair outside her Bronx building when police said a woman stole her purse. Adrianne Terry, 37, of the Bronx, was charged with grand larceny and petit larceny in connection with the alleged theft Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Last week, surveillance video captured a man allegedly stealing $600 from an elderly woman’s bra as she sat in a wheelchair at a store in East Harlem. The suspect in that case was later arrested and charged.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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