An opportunist snatched a woman’s purse from the back of her chair while she was eating in a Vanderbilt Avenue restaurant on Oct. 11, cops said.
The 36-year-old victim reported that she was dining in the high-end pizza place between Willoughby and DeKalb avenues at 3:30 pm. She hung her handbag from the back of her chair before she began eating, and when she turned to retrieve it, the bag was gone, according to a police report. The purse contained debit and credit cards and a cell phone, the report says. The thief used one of the cards at a gas station on Myrtle Avenue between Bushwick Avenue and Troutman Street to buy $36.72 worth of gas, police said.
A camera in the restaurant captured a video of the suspect, and police are asking for help identifying him. He was wearing a dark blue, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, and glasses, the authorities said.
The NYPD asks those with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477, go to www.nypdc