A woman who lives in New York City and is 75 years old was taken into custody after allegedly being recorded on a surveillance camera committing the crime of pickpocketing in an East Harlem grocery shop.
Following the event, Michelle Chacon, a resident of Corona, Queens, was taken into custody and charged with grand larceny. The victim is under the impression that Chacon coordinated the distraction with two other younger ladies.
On March 31, a pickpocketing occurred when the victim was shopping at an East Harlem grocery store with her mother. The victim, who talked to FOX 5 New York under the condition that her identity not be revealed, was shopping at the store.
Before going food shopping, she withdrew $300 from a bank that was conveniently located nearby. She believes that the suspects followed her from the store where she was shopping.
While she was shopping for produce, one woman distracted her, while another woman grabbed her pocketbook while she was preoccupied.
“There was an elderly lady who kept rubbing up against me,” the victim explained. “It was very uncomfortable.”
“According to reports, she spills something on the ground. That was her attempt to give the impression that she was engaged in some activity while actually attempting to access the contents of my purse.
“When I looked up, lifted my body, and noticed my purse was open, that’s when I realized it was.” And I relayed the news to my mother. I immediately began yelling,” she continued.
According to FOX 5 New York, Chacon, now 75 years old, was previously arrested for the crime of grand larceny in the years 2000 and 2001.
The victim stated, “I’m blaming myself for not being aware,” which is an internalized blame statement.