Scooter-riding bandits sought for New Year’s Day purse-snatching in Kensington: NYPD

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Security camera footage of one of the two men cops say stole a purse from a woman in Kensington on New Year’s Day.

Cops are looking for the two-wheeled assailants they say swiped a woman’s pocketbook in Kensington on New Year’s Day.

According to police, the woman was standing in front of 968 McDonald Avenue, in between 18th and Webster avenues, at around 8:55 p.m. on Jan. 1, when a pair of unknown men on a two-wheeled vehicle rode up to her. The men — one of whom was caught on security camera footage wearing a green-tip cap that closely resembled a Santa hat — then swiped the woman’s bag and fled to parts unknown, cops said.

No injuries were reported and the investigation remains open.

The crooks, as pictured from behind.NYPD

Reports of robbery were down just two incidents in 2023 compared to 2022 in Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct, where the New Year’s Day theft occurred.

The precinct, encompassing the neighborhoods of Midwood and Kensington, had 92 reported robberies in 2023 as of Dec. 31, according to the latest available Police Department data. That’s just two fewer than the 94 reported during the same time frame in 2022.

Anyone with information in regard to this purse-snatching is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) at @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.