Police Looking for Man After Woman’s Wallet Swiped at the Great Lawn

Police say the man above took a woman’s wallet out of her purse on Sunday, August 19 after she left it unattended on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The man then tried to spend $566 on her credit cards, including a transaction at a Seven Eleven located at 1453 3rd Avenue, police said.

The individual is described as a white man, between the ages of 18 and 22, with blonde hair, dirty blonde facial hair, standing approximately 5’9″ to 5’11” and 180lbs. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, blue shorts, white shoes and carrying black bag.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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    1. UWSHebrew says:

      check the youth hostels or airbnb, this feels/looks like a european tourist.

    2. NYYgirl says:

      Great pix!!! Hope they find the guy…

    3. Charlie says:

      Notes to self:
      1. Don’t leave personal items unattended in Central Park.
      2. Don’t attempt to buy hot dogs and slushies with stolen credit card.
      3. Don’t make eye contact with surveillance cameras after committing petty crimes.

    4. NotImpressed says:

      You can buy a lot of Big Gulps for $566.

    5. Adam says:

      Looks like he’s staring directly into the camera

    6. MTS says:

      Not excuse robbery, by any means, but how many times am I gonna hear the phrase “left unattended” in relation to a theft in recent years? Where are these people from? Do they really buy into the hype that NYC is some shiny happy place with no crime? Did they just arrive from Mayberry, RFD? No seasoned New Yorker would dream of leaving their stuff unattended– even for a few seconds. That’s because they know it’s a big bad world out there full of opportunists waiting for some idiot to walk away from their purse or wallet or iPhone or tablet. Jeez…get a friggin clue people!!

      • dannyboy says:

        Just couldn’t miss an opportunity to victim blame, huh?

        Personally, I can see how a woman might appreciate being out on the Great Lawn, without her first thoughts being of caution and worry.

        You can continue to “know it’s a big bad world out there full of opportunists waiting for some idiot to walk away from their purse or wallet or iPhone or tablet”, but others might want to enjoy themselves at the Great Lawn.

      • Rita says:

        Don’t leave anything unattended even for a few seconds – Anywhere in public places!! Even money and things of value are not safe in gym lockers. But, Great photo and I hope they catch the creep!!

      • John Banks says:

        Clearly you’ve never been to a NYC playground or area with moms and kids.

      • jules says:

        Haha! A newyorker speaks!! So true!! Lets hope that if more of these issues get reported tourists from across america will stay away!!
        “New York City sets tourism records in 2017. New York City welcomed 13.1 million international visitors in 2017, an all-time high. In total, 62.8 million tourists arrived in the city last year, a growth of nearly four percent and a record-breaking number for the eighth consecutive year.Mar 23, 2018”

        • B flat says:

          OT 62 million visitors who naturally need to use public transport,eat, water, etc while the city does precious little to address the strain on the system.

      • Steven says:

        Sad, but true. I remember last winter I went to a movie at the AMC on 68th street. While the previews were happening I left my hat & gloves on the seat (as a way to show whoever came in that the seat was taken) to get some napkins. Wasn’t gone 2 minutes & when I came back, they were gone. It was a hand knit winter hat someone had made for me too. Being a NY-er I’d never leave anything unattended like that, but thought to myself, who would steal a hat that someone else had worn, especially if they could afford $17 to see a movie. Lesson learned.

    7. Bonnie Rice says:

      Easy pickins. He’ll be back! I hope they catch him.

    8. Glitter says:

      He’s hot!