Pretty larceny: Crook swipes woman’s credit card, spends thousands shopping

Pretty larceny: Crook swipes woman’s credit card, spends thousands shopping
Caught on camera: Police are looking for this sneak, who they say snatched a woman’s wallet on a subway in Borough Hall station on Sept. 1 and then swiped her credit card at three stores in Manhattan.

Some fashionable fiend snatched a woman’s wallet aboard a subway inside Borough Hall station on Sept. 1 and used the victim’s credit card on a pricey shopping spree later that day, cops said.

The thief plucked the victim’s billfold out of her purse while on a moving Brooklyn-bound 2 train around 6:30 pm, before exiting the subway and fleeing to the distant isle of Manhattan, where she charged the woman’s plastic at no less than three stores, according to authorities.

The scammer first hit up an expensive French brand’s boutique, where she bought a $2,340 handbag at 7:11 pm, before using the card to purchase a second bag for $2,710 at a nearby department store eight minutes later, police said.

And less than an hour later, she tried to buy $400 worth of gift cards at a third retailer at 8:15 pm, but the card was declined, according to officers, who said the crook was last seen wearing a pink denim jacket with two Kiss patches on its front and the rock band’s logo on the back, and a gray fanny pack.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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