Wheelchair bandit wanted for snatching purses in Midtown arrested
(PIX11) – The wheelchair-bound man wanted in a string of purse snatchings in Midtown has been arrested, police confirmed.
Matias Moreno-Boza of Perth Amboy, New Jersey was arrested and charged for stealing the purses of several women.
The 25-year-old is accused of stealing a woman’s purse, which contained a wallet, iPad, necklace and money, inside the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Times Square on August 19.
On August 30, a woman dining at Nobu restaurant noticed her purse with credit cards and money was missing after hanging it underneath the bar.
A woman at Havana Central on West 46th Street left her purse on an empty chair next to her to go dance and when she returned, it was gone on September 3.
In the latest incident, a woman eating at Txilkito in 9th Avenue noticed her purse was gone after placing it behind her on a chair.
Moreno-Boza is charged with four counts of grand larceny.
Police did not say if he is actually disabled or if the wheelchair was just being used as a prop.