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Bicyclist steals purse from 98-year-old woman in wheelchair

Posted at 11:01 AM, Jul 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-04 11:01:49-04

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) –  A 98-year-old was sitting in her wheelchair on a Brooklyn sidewalk when a bike-riding thief snatched her purse from her lap and rode away, authorities said.

It happened about 1 p.m. June 29 along Ocean Parkway near Church Avenue, police said this week.

The victim was being escorted in her wheelchair by a home attendant when the thief rode past them on a bicycle and grabbed the woman’s purse out of her lap.

Surveillance cameras captured a bicyclist believed to be the thief. Police released the footage Thursday night in the hope that someone would recognize him.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.