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Police seek wallet thief who snatched debit card from deli patron in Ridgewood

Oct. 30, 2023 By Emily Ramos

Police from the 104th Precinct are searching for the thief who stole a man’s wallet in Ridgewood on Sunday, Oct. 15. 

The 54-year-old victim and owner of the wallet told police on Tuesday, Oct. 17, he was inside of Zabka Deli, located at 66-51 Fresh Pond Road, on Oct. 15, when he noticed his wallet had fallen. He picked it up, but later found an unauthorized transaction of $60 on his debit card. 

Images shared from the 104th Precinct captured the pickpocket carrying a shopping bag with a blue handle and wearing a black sweater, a grey Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and blue jeans. The man is believed to be between the ages of 35 and 55 years old, police said.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Grand larceny incidents are up by 5.4% over the 28 day period in October, which means there were 59 to 56 reported cases when compared to last year — an additional of 3 thefts of personal property. The 104th Precinct also saw an increase in robbery incidents over the course of 28 days by 27.8%, which represents an increase of 5 more robberies when compared to the same time last year.

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