March 4, 2024

We’re Seeing ‘Uptick’ in Migrant Crime, Trends Getting ‘Bigger’

During a portion of an interview with NBC New York affiliate NBC4 host David Ushery set to air on Sunday’s broadcast of “The Debrief” that was launched on Friday, NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said that there’s “an uptick” and “trends in migrant crime that [are] hurting our city a little bit” like robberies purse snatching dedicated on mopeds, pickpocketing on transit and streets, and “mob-like” habits in some retail areas. And that “we’re seeing these trends start to get bigger and bigger, and it’s adding to our everyday New Yorkers’ crime, and we’re trying to put a lid on it.”

Chell mentioned, “Well, right now, we see an uptick and we see trends in migrant crime that [are] hurting our city a little bit. When I talk about trends, we’re talking about crimes committed on mopeds, whether it be purse snatchers or robberies, pickpockets on the train, pickpockets on the streets. We’re seeing some mob-like activity when it comes to Macy’s or Sunglass Hut. So, we’re seeing these trends start to get bigger and bigger, and it’s adding to our everyday New Yorkers’ crime, and we’re trying to put a lid on it.”

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