By Gus Saltonstall
The New York Police Department is looking for two men connected to a string of recent moped necklace robberies, including on the Upper West Side and in Morningside Heights, police said on Thursday.
From October 3 to November 3, there have been nine separate incidents of women being robbed in Manhattan by men riding mopeds, police said.
Locally, a 23-year-old woman was walking along West 88th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam about 4:40 p.m. on October 11, when two people drove up to her on separate mopeds and forcibly yanked a chain off her neck, before fleeing on the vehicles, police said.
A few weeks later on November 2, a 49-year-old woman was walking on Broadway and West 122nd Street about 3 p.m., when a man on a moped sped up to her and grabbed a chain off her neck, before driving off, police said.
There were no injuries reported in either incident, NYPD added.
The majority of the nine moped robberies took place in Washington Heights and women were exclusively targeted in the attacks, police said.
NYPD released multiple photos of the suspects, but the pictures are grainy and difficult to make out.
The investigation is ongoing.
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).
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