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Man wanted for 5 cellphone snatchings this month: police

Posted: 8:56 PM, Feb 27, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-28 10:00:34-05

THE BRONX — A man is wanted for a series of five cellphone thefts in the subway in just 19 days, according to police.

The first incident took place on Feb. 2 at 8:40 a.m., inside a northbound No. 2 train at the Prospect Avenue station. The suspect stole a 26-year-old woman's phone from her hand and fled in an unknown direction.

This continued in a pattern on Feb. 6 at Simpson Street station, when he tried but failed to take a 23-year-old woman's cellphone. He struck again on Feb.14 at the East 174th Street station when he took a 26-year-old man's cellphone.

The mobile mugger was seen two more times on Feb. 19 and Feb. 21 inside a southbound 2 train. The first occasion was at Freeman Street when he took a 27-year-old man's device. He then stole a 25-year-old woman's phone on a southbound 2 train at Freeman Street station.

The suspect is described by police as a man, between the ages of 18 and 25. He was last seen in a black hooded jacket, black sweatpants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.