Cops seek bag-snatchers targeting cyclists in Williamsburg

Police released a photo of the alleged suspects, and are seeking the public's assistance to identify the men
Cops are searching for two men, pictured, who they say have snatched purses from multiple women in Williamsburg.
Photo courtesy of NYPD/CrimeStoppers

Police are looking for two men who allegedly snatched the bags of two female bicyclists — on separate occasions — in Williamsburg earlier this month.

The first theft took place on Sept. 8 at 9:15 p.m. when a 56-year-old woman was riding her bicycle along the Williamsburg Bridge bike path at the corner of South 5th Street and Bedford Avenue.

The woman told cops that two men on a moped passed her and removed her bag containing her wallet from the front basket of the bicycle before fleeing in an unknown direction.

A few weeks later, on Sept. 20, the same pair allegedly targeted a 57-year-old woman who was riding her bicycle near Driggs Avenue and the Williamsburg Bridge bike path.

The victim reported that around 8:40 p.m., two men on a motorized scooter pulled up beside her and removed her bag from the front basket of the bicycle. The men reportedly made off with her MacBook Pro, iPhone 12, camera and her wallet.

The alleged thieves are also wanted for attempting to steal the bag of another woman on the afternoon of Sept. 17 as she rode a CitiBike on Borinquen Place from South 2nd Street to Rodney Street.

The New York City Police Department have released a photo of the two men they believe are connected to the three incidents and are seeking the public’s assistance in ascertaining their identity and whereabouts.

The first individual is described as a male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, with a light complexion, slim build, and last seen wearing a gray long sleeve light jacket, dark ripped jeans, purple sneakers, black scooter/moped helmet and carrying a black bag over shoulder.

The second suspect is described as a male approximately 20 to 30 years of age, with a light complexion, slim build, and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, black pants, black sneakers and carrying a gray book bag.

Anyone with information in regard to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

In the 90th precinct, where the incidents occurred, there have been 551 reports of grand larceny so far this year as of Sept. 17, according to the latest police department data. Grand larceny is up some 16% in the Williamsburg area when compared to the same period last year, when 474 incidents had been reported.