NEW YORK –Police said a woman in her 50s with glasses and often a head wrap has been stealing from nail salons, jewelry stores and restaurants nine times since February in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens:
“I hope they find her,” Jackie Chen, a Jewelry store co-owner, told PIX11.
Her biggest theft, according to police, was when this woman store $36,000 worth of jewelry from Sang Sang Jewelry on Canal Street last June.
The owners showed PIX11 the video of how, when the employees were distracted, the woman removed a tray of jewelry from the display and placed it inside her robin Ruth skyline tote bag and fled.
$36,000 is a huge loss for these small business owners.
“That’s a lot of money for us,” Jackie Chen, the jewelry store owner, “I hope they find her.”
Police said her first grand larceny was at U and Me Nail Salon on Second Avenue and 76th street where she stole someone’s purse with more than $3,000 cash in it.
Her last hit was on October 25th at Vivi Bubble Tea on Allen Street where she walked out with someone else’s laptop.
“I’ll be looking out for her,” Thea Mayaud, a customer, told PIX11. “I’ll keep my eyes open.”
A Canal Street merchant added, “it’s mind-boggling. $36,000, that woman? That’s hard to believe,” Sammy Sheikh said.