Video: Thief snatches wallet out of man’s hand in Manhattan subway station

Thief steals wallet out of man's hand at Chambers Street station
Surveillance image of a man police say stole a passenger’s wallet at the Chambers Street subway station in Lower Manhattan on June 21, 2021. (NYPD)

LOWER MANHATTAN — Police launched an investigation Monday after a subway rider’s wallet was ripped out of his hand by a thief in a Manhattan subway station, according to the NYPD.

According to police, it happened around 6:40 p.m. at the Chambers Street station, along the J line, near City Hall.

The victim, 49, had his wallet out as he was purchasing a MetroCard near the station turnstiles, authorities said.

Video released by the NYPD shows an unidentified man approach the victim and pace around a bit before snatching the wallet from his hand and fleeing the station.

The victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

Police described the suspect as a man with a medium build, a bald head and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with blue shapes across the front, black shorts, and black sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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