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Low-life bandit targeted NYC senior citizens, lifting hearing aids, MacBooks and credit cards in string of thefts: cops

A low-life bandit preyed on senior citizens in a series of Big Apple thefts where he stole MacBooks, credit cards — and even a 90-year-old woman’s pricey hearing aids, cops said.
Elijah Gay, of Brooklyn, was busted Tuesday and slapped with multiple charges – including robbery and grand larceny – in the series of stick-ups that began in November and ended last week, authorities said.
In the latest crime, around 6 p.m. Friday, Gay came up behind a 90-year-old woman inside the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station and grabbed her purse, which was packed with credit cards and her hearing aids valued at about $6,000, cops said.
Elijah Gay, 22, was busted in a series of pricey thefts that occurred between November and February, cops said. NYPD
A week earlier, he is accused of plucking a 76-year-old woman’s wallet, which held assorted credit cards, at the 72nd Street and Broadway station on the Upper West Side around 5:20 p.m. Jan. 26, police said.
And just before 10 a.m. Jan. 12, he approached an 83-year-old man at Broadway and Prince Street in SoHo and snatched his wallet containing credit cards, authorities said.
The brazen thief also targeted a 74-year-old woman on Madison Avenue near East 75th Street around 1 p.m. Jan. 4 – steps from the Frick Madison art museum on the Upper East Side – stealing her MacBook, worth about $2,750, straight out of the trunk of her car, cops said.
Gay, of Brooklyn, was slapped with multiple charges – including robbery and grand larceny, cops said. Guerin Charles/ABACA/Shutterstock
He began his string of heists on Nov. 12, when he allegedly approached a 43-year-old woman from behind inside the Broadway-Lafayette station and ripped off her MacBook valued at $1,200, police said.
None of the five victims were hurt, authorities said.
Gay was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon and a rap for fare evasion when he was nabbed this week, cops said.
He was ordered held on $100,000 bail during his Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment, records show.
The NYPD was unable to confirm Thursday whether he had any prior arrests.



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