NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police said a man stole wallets from people’s coats as they prayed at mosques in Queens.
The first incident occurred on February 23 at the Jackson Heights Central Mosque on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights.
Police said the suspect took a wallet containing $ 1,200 in cash and several credit and debit cards from a layman’s jacket.
He was accused of assaulting again on April 3 inside Masjid Al Taufiq Mosque on Forley Street in Elmhurst.
Police said the suspect made $ 80 in cash and several credit cards, one of which was used to buy MetroCards, lottery tickets and food.
Surveillance footage from one incident shows the suspect piercing through a coat while two men pray nearby.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.