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Theft spree targeted women shoppers on Fulton Mall

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Shoppers beware.

Four store patrons reported having their wallets or bags stolen while browsing the aisles in stores along Downtown’s Fulton Mall on the same day last week.

Thieves struck twice in a clothing store on Fulton between Bridge and Duffield streets on Aug. 26, cops said.

First, a 35-year-old woman told officers she was shopping at 12:50 pm and left her bag hanging from her baby carriage while she walked away to browse. When she came back 15 minutes later the bag was gone, cops said. The bag contained a wallet holding six credit cards, the victim stated.

At 6:20 pm on the same day, in the same store, a 29-year-old woman was shopping and also left her bag hanging from a baby stroller, she said. A sneak came by while she wasn’t looking, opened the bag, and fished out her wallet, which contained $50 in cash and two credit cards, according to a police report.

Further down Fulton in a different clothing store between Bond Street and Hanover Place, a pickpocket relieved a 25-year-old woman of her billfold while she was shopping at 3 pm. The woman said she was in the store for an hour and had the wallet in her purse. Outside, she discovered the wallet was gone, according to the NYPD.

Around the same time, in a store between Hanover and Flatbush Avenue, a lowlife removed a wallet from a 26-year-old woman’s purse as she perused the merchandise. The victim recalled that she had the wallet when she came in the store at 3:10 pm, and it was gone when she left 10 minutes later.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Thieves usually aren't the brightest bunch else they wouldn't be thieves. Camera footage should make an ID easy. Hopefully the victims will press the DA's office to prosecute instead of plea bargain. Hope the Grand Larceny charge was worth it. For the victims; remember this saying "Keep your eyes open and your wallet in your front pocket"
Sept. 4, 2014, 7:29 am
Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
I walk this exact area every day and there are plenty of prying eyes around. At the same time, I see plenty of people of both sexes dangling their money, jewelry, iPhones, etc. and just asking to be ripped off.
Sept. 5, 2014, 10:32 am
Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Interesting journalism: while Brooklyn Paper has removed several of my comments, Mr. Perlman's reportage refers to alleged criminals as "lowlifes."
Sept. 5, 2014, 10:34 am
Camille from Portland says:
agreed, the usage of the term 'lowlife' is striking
Sept. 6, 2014, 4:54 pm
Resident from ft.grn says:
Thieves are preying; it almost seems worse now than when NY was "deemed" uncivilized and unsafe.

I agree about the "wealth" dangling; there is a lot of racial animosity on both sides of the coin; it is the so-called "haves" against the so-called "have-nots."

As the city and Brooklyn becomes more crowded as the impoverished of all races dwindle into poverty; as the "heroin drug usage (which seems to be increasing by the stupors, beggars on the train (long sleeves, dead give away according to a fellow train rider), we all need to be coming together as a people, not bashing each other.
Oct. 13, 2014, 8:22 pm

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