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Police Seek Woman In Series Of 'Handle Surfing' Thefts In Staten Island & Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The NYPD is searching for a woman in connection with a slew of "handle surfing" cases that resulted in grand larceny in Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Handle surfing is when a person walks by parked cars and checks the handles to see if the vehicle is unlocked.

Authorities said once the woman found a car that was unlocked, she entered the vehicle and removed any valuables inside.

The woman is suspected in five cases between Jan. 14 and Feb. 9 in which pocketbooks containing bank cards and cash were removed as well as cell phones.

Four of the incidents were on Staten Island, while one was in Brooklyn, police said.

Authorities released a photo of the woman in a CVS where they said she used a credit card stolen from the first incident.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit a tip by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or text a tip to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

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