During a three-week criminal spree at New York’s Bryant Park beginning last month, a man and woman pickpocket pair targeted at least 18 unwitting targets, according to authorities. NYPD officers said the pair’s preferred method of theft involves bumping into their victims while they take stuff like cell phones, AirPods, credit cards, MetroCards, and in one instance, a designer purse.
All of the thefts, four of them on Thanksgiving Day alone, took place at the Winter Village in Midtown’s Bryant Park, a well-liked Christmas market where vendors sell their goods from kiosks. It’s unknown if the victims were doing any shopping when it happened.
Police say the couple first pickpocketed a 29-year-old woman and stole her Gucci purse and credit card around 7:15 p.m. on November 20. The two then targeted three 41-year-old women and one 18-year-old woman over nearly five hours on Thanksgiving.
The next day, they robbed a 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman around 5 p.m. On November 28, the thieves struck again, stealing a 24-year-old woman’s Samsung phone at around 5 o’clock. On December 1, another 24-year-old woman was robbed of her iPhone at approximately 7 p.m.
The next morning, the crooks are believed to have taken another iPhone from a 30-year-old woman at 6:30 a.m. Later the same day, they reportedly stole a debit card, credit card, and iPhone from a 29-year-old woman.
Authorities said most of the crimes occurred on Saturday, December 3, between 12:30 and 7 p.m., during which a 67-year-old man, six women, including two 25-year-olds, and others aged 20, 23, 33, and 35 were robbed of their possessions. On Monday, the NYPD released CCTV images of the two and requested assistance from the public in finding them.