By Carol Tannenhauser
Two men had their bicycles stolen by gun-wielding thieves this month, in the same Upper West Side vicinity, in what the New York City Police Department is calling a “robbery pattern.”
On March 16, at approximately 2:04 pm, a 24-year-old man was approached by three “unknown individuals” at 75 West End Avenue, near West 63rd Street. Displaying guns, the thieves took the man’s bicycle and cell phone, then fled on foot heading north on West End Avenue. The victim was not injured.
On Sunday, March 19, at approximately 2:43 pm, a 35-year-old man was approached by two unknown individuals at 50 Riverside Boulevard, between West 62nd and West 63rd, also displaying guns, who took his bicycle, then fled on it, heading south on Riverside Boulevard. Again, there were no injuries.
The above photograph is from the first incident.
Anyone with information in regard 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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.