Serial shoe thief targets women on city streets


A serial shoe thief steals the shoes of women walking the streets of New York.

The NYPD says it has struck at least three times since the start of the year. The man takes a shoe and runs away, according to the cops.

On January 24 at around 9 a.m., the suspect followed a 24-year-old woman into a mixed commercial-residential building at 739 Utica Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and removed her right shoe before taking off.

On February 9 at around 11:05 a.m., the victim was walking up the stairs of the Grand Army subway station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, when the man ripped the left Nike sneaker off the 24-year-old woman’s foot.

The suspect then ran into the station, jumped the turnstile and fled on a train. The woman suffered no injuries.

On May 24 at approximately 12:15 p.m., the suspect removed the left shoe of a 24-year-old woman inside the Rego Center mall at 96-05 Queens Boulevard in Rego Park.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in these unusual thefts.

Following the robbery at the Grand Army subway station, police described the suspect as a male, black, 20-30 years old, 5’10” tall and weighing 220 pounds.

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He wore a gray knit cap, gray vest, blue sweater, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by logging into the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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