By Carol Tannenhauser
Since January 28, four men on mopeds have pulled off 21 grand larcenies throughout Manhattan, including one last Saturday in Central Park.
At 2:45 p.m., a 34-year-old woman walking on the 86th Street transverse fell prey to a “Manhattan Grand Larceny Pattern,” described in an NYPD report as follows:
All 21 incidents…consist of the individuals riding on mopeds approaching the victim from behind and removing a pair of Apple Air Pod Max headphones off the victim’s head. No injuries have been reported. The average value of the headphones stolen is $500.
The video below shows one of the robbers looking for his next victim.
The video was obtained from Washington Square South and LaGuarda Place, where the individuals are observed on a black moped. The passenger gets off the moped holding two pairs of Apple AirPod Max headphones and enters Washington Square Park. He is described as a male with black curly hair, medium complexion, medium build, wearing a black bubble jacket and black pants. The individual operating the black moped then drives into Washington Square Park. He is described as a male with a slim build, wearing a black helmet, a black hooded jacket, black pants and tan shoes.
The four individuals wanted are described as males with medium complexions. They are riding on two mopeds, one red and one black, with two individuals per moped. The rear passenger on the moped is the one who removes the headphones, police said.
Update, 2/24, 8:45 a.m. — The suspects have left the borough. Police released surveillance video and a photo obtained from a Home Depot at 550 Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, depicting two of the individuals on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Anyone with information in regard to these individuals 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 CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.