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

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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 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 Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:43 am, September 13, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Just a typical democrat, stealing and spending money that does not belong to them.
Sept. 13, 2018, 10:27 am
Midge from Mill Basin says:
Just a miserable porcine ignorant bigoted old Republican poor excuse for a man: making idiotic comments that tell everyone what a jerk he is.
Sept. 13, 2018, 10:55 am
Bing from Bong says:
Just a typical trumptard, commenting like an idiot. Nothing to see here.
Sept. 13, 2018, 4:47 pm
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
The stores should have been checking the signature on the card versus the customer's signature for such large purchases. Also,this "distant isle" business is getting tired.
Sept. 15, 2018, 7:29 am
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Smile, you're on candid camera on the NYC Subway system you crook. Technology will rule the day to all prospective and current criminals.
Sept. 15, 2018, 11:29 am
Lily Von Shtupp from Rock Ridge says:
You gotta admit, if she voted, it wasn’t for Trump
Sept. 15, 2018, 3:25 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Unless,the NYPD,is able to recover this(fraudulently purchased) habdbags,these stores;will just have eat it. They're both out more than, $2,000.00. If the thieves are smart,they fenced off,the HOT hangbags;at a discount-to someone else? Whatever,I highly doubt,whether;these common-criminals-give the slightest damn,about President Trump,or Democrats.
Sept. 16, 2018, 11:02 am

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