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Thief steals bags from customers at two different Midtown restaurants on same day

September 25, 2018
Surveillance photo of a woman (pictured) inside a Junior’s Cheesecake on Broadway at W. 45th St. suspected of snatching the backpack of a 75-year-old man that contained his ID and bank cards. (Handout)

Customers dining at two popular Midtown restaurants had their bags stolen by the same thief less than an hour apart, police said.

On Sept. 19 at about 4:30 p.m., a woman inside a Junior’s Cheesecake on Broadway at W. 45th St. snatched a backpack belonging to a 75-year-old man then fled on foot, cops said. The bag contained the victim’s ID and bank cards.

The woman struck again about a half-hour later, police said. The thief found her way to Carmine’s on W. 44th St., where she took a 47-year-old woman’s purse from the back of her chair, then ran off in an unknown direction.

The victim’s purse contained her bank cards along with cell phones worth around $1,500, the NYPD said.

Cops released a photo of the suspect on Monday. The woman is white, in her 20’s or 30’s with blonde hair, and wearing a black top and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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