Woman’s pocketbook stolen in College Point

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COLLEGE POINT — A woman trying to be a good Samaritan near the College Point Shopping Center was instead duped by a con, the NYPD said.

On Jan. 11 at about 11 a.m., the woman was loading groceries into the back of her car near the corner of 15th Avenue and 132nd Street when a man asked for directions to Home Depot, according to police.

After the woman directed the man to his destination and he went on his way, she noticed that her pocketbook had been taken out of the center console of her car, according to police.

Officers pointed to a con where one person distracts a victim and another makes off with valuables.

Oftentimes this thievery works when people are transferring items to or from the trunk of the car because view from the back window is blocked.

Cops urged residents to always lock their car doors and keep an eye on valuables.

Posted 3:51 pm, January 17, 2013
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Lori Campano from Flushing says:
Typical....many in the Flushing/Whitestone/College Pt. area are so dumb. Left her pocketbook in the car while she's at the trunk?! I see people in Target and Pathmark leaving their pocketbooks on the shopping cart open and in plain view. It's a miracle that more bad things don't happen in this area, what with so many letting their guard down.
May 2, 2013, 8:07 pm

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