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$6K Stolen from Electric Zoo Festival-Goers, Police Say

By Dartunorro Clark | September 7, 2016 10:26am
 Two attendees were assaulted before suspects ran off with their belongings and others were pickpocketed, police said.
Two attendees were assaulted before suspects ran off with their belongings and others were pickpocketed, police said.
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RANDALL’S ISLAND — Electric Zoo Festival was targeted by thieves who stole more than $6,000 in property during the event, police said.

The three-day electronic music festival was held on Randall's Island between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.

Between the first and second day, at least 11 attendees were unsuspectingly pick-pocketed and two others were assaulted before thieves ran off with their belongings, police said.

In one instance, on Sept. 3 at roughly 1:30 a.m., a 25-year-old woman was walking across the Triborough Bridge after leaving the concert when a man followed her and cornered her, police said.

The man told the victim, “Give me what you have” before throwing her to the ground and removing $180 in cash and the victim’s cell phone. The man fled back to Randall’s Island, police said.

The man was described as about 45 years old, 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds.

In another instance, on Sept. 3 at 9:05 p.m., a 19-year-old woman was dancing at the concert when she noticed a man digging in her purse placed nearby, police said. When the woman confronted the man he hit her on her arm and fled the scene, police said.

The man was described as 25 years old, 5-foot-8. The victim declined medical attention, police said.

The suspect ran away with $1,170 worth of belongings, including an iPhone, $20 in cash and several debit and credit cards, police said.

As of Wednesday there were no arrests. Festival organizers did not respond to a request of for comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).