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Cops seek thief targeting shoppers - Metro US

Cops seek thief targeting shoppers

Police are looking for this woman they say robbed several victims at different retail stores in Queens and Staten Island. (NYPD) Police are looking for this woman they say robbed several victims at different retail stores in Queens and Staten Island during January and February. (NYPD)

Police are looking for a woman who robbed at least eight different people over the span of two months in Queens and Staten Island.

Cops say Rehana Hussain, 43, targets mostly women as they are shopping, often taking their wallet or purse when the victim is distracted.

On Jan. 20, the suspect stole a wallet from a woman who was waiting at the cash register inside a Century 21 department store on Junction Boulevard in Queens. The thief struck again later the same day inside Shine Beauty Salon in Astoria where she stole from a victim’s handbag while it was left unattended.

The most recent incident occurred on Feb. 28 inside a Marshall’s store at 34-27 48th St. in Queens. The victim said she left her purse in a shopping cart unattended and noticed it was missing when she returned.

She has also targeted victims inside a Panera Bread, a DSW shoe store and Costco.

The suspect’s last known address is 143-48 41st Ave. in Flushing, Queens.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

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