Robbery of 85-year-old woman in wheelchair caught on camera

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Kemberly Richardson reports from the Bronx

Police in the Bronx are searching for a heartless thief who robbed an elderly woman in a wheelchair, and they're hoping surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

The incident happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday in the vicinity of East 179th Street and Marmion Avenue in the Tremont section.

Authorities say 85-year-old Bernice Starnes was sitting in the wheelchair when an unknown woman grabbed her pocketbook and ran.

The purse contained cash and a bank card, and the suspect was also caught on camera later throwing the purse in a trashcan.

Starnes was not injured, but she lost about $115. Later, officers at the 48th Precinct gave her an envelope with cash they had collected to replace it. It was a very emotional moment, with Starnes breaking down in tears at the gesture.

"That's why they're New York's best," she said. "They're the best. They're the best. They're the best."

The suspect is described as a black female approximately 5-foot-6 and 240 pounds, with a dark complexion and heavy build.

Anyone with information in regards 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 theft comes days after the NYPD arrested a man for allegedly stealing $600 from a 93-year-old woman's bra as she sat in a wheelchair inside a Manhattan store. That incident was also captured on video.

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