Cellphone Robbers Target Women at 7th Avenue Station
MANHATTAN — A pair of thieves has been targeting women and their phones at a Midtown subway station, striking four times in the past two weeks during the evening rush, police said.
In three of the cases, the suspects, one of whom is believed to be a teen, allegedly reached into through the doors of an arriving train at the 7th Avenue/53rd Street station and grabbed the victims' phones.
The duo struck first on Oct. 24, stealing a 22-year-old woman's cellphone as she stood on the uptown B train platform, the station's lowest level, just before 7:20 p.m., police said.
Two days later, they allegedly targeted a 27-year-old woman in an arriving World Trade Center-bound E train.
Cops said they pulled the same stunt on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, going after victims on the same platform, which is on the station's upper level.
In one case, the suspects made off with an iPod Touch, police said.
No injuries were reported.
Police describe one of the suspects as in his 20s, 6-feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing different color sweatshirts with either a green or grey hood.
Authorities say the other suspect is 16-17 years old, 160-170 pounds, wearing either a red or blue hat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIPS.