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Woman Pushed to Ground and Robbed Outside SoHo Home, Cops Say

By  Andrea Swalec and Serena Solomon | September 25, 2013 11:38am 

 A New York City police officer stands on patrol April 6, 2010.
A New York City police officer stands on patrol April 6, 2010.
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MANHATTAN — A pair of muggers pushed a woman to the ground and robbed her as she walked into her SoHo apartment building last week, police said. 

The victim, 24, was coming home to Sullivan Street near Broome Street about 4 a.m. Saturday when two men approached her from behind, according to the police report.

One of the men covered her mouth and pushed her down as the other snatched her Louis Vuitton handbag, police said.

The men ran north on Sullivan Street, making off with the $1,800 purse, a $380 Fendi wallet, a $600 iPhone 5 and a debit card, cops said. The debit card was used at a gas station at about 5:45 a.m., according to police.

Officers conducted a search of the area with no result and were checking this week whether the muggers were caught on area surveillance cameras.

The suspects are both in their early 20s, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, the victim told police. One wore a black hoodie and the other wore a gray hoodie, cops said.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

► A man stole an iPhone and debit card from a baby stroller inside the TriBeCa Whole Foods at 370 Greenwich St. last Friday about 3 p.m. as the victim, a 21-year-old woman, shopped nearby, police said.

Police described the suspect as a man in his 20s wearing gray sneakers and said they're looking into whether the thief was caught on surveillance cameras.

Whole Foods did not respond to a request for comment.

► A man seen withdrawing cash from an ATM at 214 Broadway was found with seven debit and credit cards, the NYPD said. He told officers he was a federal agent and police officer, police said.

Laron Cambrell, 37, was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Friday and charged with criminal possession of a stolen credit card, grand larceny, criminal impersonation of a police officer and identity theft, police said.

The victims of the stolen credit and debit cards included three Brooklyn residents, a Manhattan resident and a Queens resident.

Cambrell was being held on Rikers Island and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

► Two men stole $14,000 in jewelry and handbags from a designer SoHo shop about 6:45 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The suspects took two 14-karat gold rings, a 1-carat diamond ring and a $1,000 black leather shoulder bag that were on display at the Wendy Nichol Studio at 147 Sullivan St., police said. 

One suspect was wearing a baseball cap with the word "Vogue" on it and the other had a black and white jacket with writing on it, police said. The men were last seen heading north on Sullivan Street.

A worker at Wendy Nichol Studio declined to comment.