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High-End Chain Snatchers Wanted in Queens


Police say chain snatchers used this Honda Civic as a getaway car.Photo byNYPD

By Dan Gesslein

Queens Voice

November 30, 2022

QUEENS - Police released new photos of a car used in a series of high-end chain snatching in Jamaica, Queens.

The NYPD released new photos of a gray Honda Civic used in at least two robberies. One of the victims gave a partial plate of 5426.

The first incident took place at around 7:10 pm on October 25 in South Jamaica. At the corner of 123 Avenue and 144th Street, two men ran up behind a 16-year-old male. The robbers tried to remove the teen’s necklace. When he turned to stop them, one of the pair pulled out a handgun. The robbers then removed the necklace and fled in the Honda Civic.

Police said the necklace is valued at $2,000.

The robbers struck again five days later. At around 4:25 am on October 30, a 53-year-old man was exiting his vehicle at 195-41 Jamaica Avenue. The robbers ran up behind him and tried to rip the chain from his neck. The victim tried to fight them off and a struggle ensued.

Then one of the thieves pulled out a gun and demanded the necklace. The victim complied. The robbers then hopped in the Honda and drove off.

The victim suffered a cut to his left hand during the struggle. He was treated at the scene by EMS.

Investigators said the stolen necklace is valued at $5,500.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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