Shoplifter knocks 77-year-old woman unconscious while dashing out of store with $35 Funko Pop! toys
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A shoplifter while dashing out of a store left an elderly woman unconscious after knocking her out. The unidentified BLACK male, according to cops, was fleeing away from a Manhattan Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, September 10 with $35 worth of Funko Pop! Toys. Footage of the incident was shared by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
According to The Daily Mail, a 77-year-old woman was left unconscious as the brazen shoplifter tried to make his way out of the store. The 5-foot-3 thief in his 20’s was seen running away from the store workers after he grabbed two of the popular action figures from the 17th Street retailer near Union Square around 12.20 pm, as revealed by the cops. No arrest has been made in the case, so far.
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According to The Daily Mail, the shoplifter wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, and gray sneakers, was seen walking around the display of Funko Pop! Toys before getting his hands on one from the bottom shelf and another from the top before walking off. The video then cuts to staff confronting the thief as the latter tries to run away from the scene.
While trying to run after pulling off his mini-heist, the man knocks into an unidentified elderly woman to the ground. The 77-year-old was then rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a head injury. She is reportedly in stable condition. The video of the incident was released on Sunday, September 11.
The cops further revealed that the suspect fled south in Union Square and then turned east onto East 15th Street toward Irving Place. NYPD is hoping to nab the thief with the help of the footage released. The suspect is still at large and therefore, the cops are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers. The Daily Mail reported that the overall crime in New York City has gone above 35 percent in 2021. Speaking of another shoplifting incident, a brave elderly woman managed to stop a suspected shoplifter from leaving a Walmart store by tearing off his balaclava in February 2022.
In another incident, a frustrated Walgreens customer decided to take matters into his own hands when he saw a man shoplifting medication bottles into his backpack. The California man took on two shoplifters in the incident dating back to March and even asked a bystander to record the incident on his phone. The customer said he took matters into his own hands because he was sick of the brazen thefts that were happening in northern California.