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Woman has her bag filled with money, cigarette cartons stolen while sitting at Brooklyn bus stop

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 17:38:27-04

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — A woman waiting at a bus stop in Sunset Park had her purse snatched from her hands, police said Monday.

Police say a woman snatched the victim's purse from her hands at the bus stop, August 11, 2019.

Police said it happened on August 11 at about 2:35 p.m. in front of 3908 5th Avenue.

The woman, 62, had $76, ID cards and two cartons of cigarettes in the bag.

"It was a total element of surprise," the victim told PIX11, adding that the purse snatcher had told the victim she was hungry before taking the purse.

"I'm lucky I have enough to get by for me," she said, adding that she's on a fixed income.

The woman that allegedly took the bag fled northbound on 5th Avenue, according to officers.

The victim was not hurt and even offered a message for the assailant.

"I'm sorry I didn't give you something to eat, maybe it would never have happened," she said.

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