NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say a man has been stealing wallets from people’s jackets while they pray at mosques in Queens.
The first incident happened on Feb. 23 at the Jackson Heights Islamic Center Mosque on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 13 Injured In Shooting At Kroger In Collierville, Tennessee
Police said the suspect took a wallet containing $1,200 in cash and multiple credit and debit cards from a parishioner’s coat.
He allegedly struck again on April 3 inside Masjid Al Taufiq Mosque on Forley Street in Elmhurst.READ MORE: Javier Da Silva Sentenced To 30 Years For Kidnapping Valerie Reyes, Leaving Her To Die In A Suitcase By The Side Of The Road
Police said the suspect made off with $80 in cash and multiple credit cards, one of which was used to buy MetroCards, lottery tickets and food.
Surveillance video from one incident shows the suspect rifling through a coat while two men pray nearby.MORE NEWS: Mother Makes Daring Rescue After 14-Month-Old Boy Falls Into Open Manhole Inside Union, N.J. Park
Anyone with information about the robbery spree is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.