Police Arrest Suspected Necklace Snatcher

By Jill Colvin on September 21, 2011 1:13pm | Updated on September 21, 2011 1:30pm

Prosecutors say the man was caught stealing a gold chain Monday in Midtown.
Prosecutors say the man was caught stealing a gold chain Monday in Midtown.
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MIDTOWN — A man accused of snatching chains from the necks of pedestrians is behind bars following a police chase through Midtown.

NYPD sources said Curtis Moore, 48, prowled the West Side on his bike, ripping necklaces off the necks of passersby and pedalling away.

Police had linked him to at least five separate incidents in and around Hell’s Kitchen, but had no description of his face because his getaways were too fast for his victims to see him.

When cops in the Midtown North Precinct heard a radio call on Monday reporting a similar incident on the East Side, quick thinking officers acted on a hunch that the snatcher might return to his usual stomping grounds, sources said.

“Lo and behold, he shows up," a source said.

He allegedly struck again on the West Side, snatching a gold chain from someone’s neck, according to court documents.

Following a "little chase," police in the anti-crime team were able to take him down.

Moore was taken into custody just after 4 p.m. on West 57th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, according to court records.

A gold chain was recovered from the back seat of the cop car where Moore was being held, the records claimed.

Moore was charged with one count of grand larceny and one count of criminal possession of stolen property and is now being held on $5,000 bond or bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, Sept. 23.

Moore's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.