NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search is on for three suspects in connection with a series of violent muggings in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn.
Five incidents have been reported since last November.
The suspects first struck on Nov. 30, when they allegedly snatched a purse from a 61-year-old woman as she was walking into her apartment building on West 33rd Street. The purse contained a cell phone and $6 in cash.
Police said two weeks later, the suspects knocked a 68-year-old man unconscious, taking $120 in cash from his wallet before fleeing.
In another instance, police said they pushed an 82-year-old woman to the ground and took her pocketbook, which contained $350 in cash.
.A 78-year-old man was robbed of $160 in cash, a MetroCard, a bank card, and other items, but was not hurt, police said.
In the most recent incident on Dec. 29, a 62-year-old woman hit her head on the ground when she was kicked in the back and fell. Police said nothing was stolen from her.
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). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.