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NYPD: 85-Year-Old Woman In Wheelchair Robbed In The Bronx

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police said an 85-year-old woman in a wheelchair had her purse stolen in the Bronx.

The incident, which happened around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, was captured on surveillance video.

The elderly victim, Bernice Starnes, was sitting in her wheelchair in the area of East 179 Street and Marmion Avenue. That’s when Starnes said a woman walked up and the two began chatting.

“She said ‘Hello’ and then we said, ‘It’s a beautiful day.’ She said, ‘It sure is’ and that’s when she grabbed my bag and ran down the street,” Starnes said.

Police said the suspect was seen on video snatching the bag and taking off. The purse contained cash and a bank card, police said.

“She grab my pocketbook and I said, ‘Bring my pocketbook back here’ so I tried to get out of my wheelchair to try to run after her,” Starnes said.

The suspect is also seen on surveillance video throwing something into a garbage can.

Starnes is described by her neighbors as a nice person who they refer to as grandma or Miss Lady. They said she lives alone and can often be seen sitting outside her apartment building smoking cigarettes, but that many in the building pitch in to help her. – READ MORE

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