EAST HARLEM, N.Y. — A serial thief is targeting some of New York’s most vulnerable, entering hospitals and stealing patients’ valuables, police said.
He first struck the morning of Jan. 26 at Saint Luke’s Hospital on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, police said. There, he stole a 61-year-old man’s credit card and debit card.
Then at noon on April 24, he entered Mount Sinai Hospital on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and snuck into a 35-year-old man’s room where he snatched a credit card and gold ring, police said.
His most recent theft occurred about 2 p.m. May 1 at Lutheran Medical, located on 55th Street in Brooklyn. He stole a 78-year-old man’s tablet from the victim’s hospital room, police said.
Police on Thursday released photos of the culprit, described as a black male weighing between 200 and 300 pounds. Three of the photos are from surveillance cameras and a fourth appears to be a mugshot, possibly from a prior encounter with law enforcement. The man’s identity was not released.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).