LE source claims 4 migrants have been arrested for pickpocketing on NYC public transportation

It isn’t enough that New Yorkers are paying to house, feed, and care for illegal migrants, they also have to hope they aren’t robbed by them as they ride the subways.

According to a report in the New York Post, at least four migrants were arrested this week for allegedly pickpocketing strap-hangers.

These weren’t just “one-off” crimes.

One of the arrested women, a migrant from Venezuela, has “been arrested at least eight times in the six months since she arrived to the Big Apple, according to law enforcement sources,” The Post reports.

On Tuesday night, Maria Manaura, 32, was picked up for allegedly lifting a woman’s cell phone on a crowded No. 6 train at 42nd Street-Grand Central.

Manaura is residing at the Row NYC hotel in Times Square — one of several once-luxurious hotels converted into a migrant shelter.

On Dec. 1, she allegedly stole a woman’s phone, debit card and wallet out of her coat pocket in Bryant Park and was released on her own recognizance. The Tuesday arrest marked the eighth time she was hooked up on grand larceny charges. This time around, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office requested that she be held on $10,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

“Given the defendant’s unabated criminal conduct, monetary bail is reasonably necessary to ensure she follows court orders and returns to court,” an assistant district attorney argued.

Michelle Sequera, 23, has been in the Big Apple for three months and lives at the Randall’s Island migrant relief center.

A day after Manaura’s arrest, Sequera was charged with grand larceny after she allegedly yanked a cell phone from another woman’s hands at the Grand Central subway station.

“Arrested alongside her on the same charge was Adonis Chala, 34, for allegedly preventing the victim from chasing the alleged thief,” The Post reports, citing “sources.”

“Chala came to the US eight months ago from Ecuador and helped bring Sequera after meeting her online, according to the sources,” the outlet states. “His address is listed as a humanitarian relief center in Brooklyn.”

“Also on Wednesday Gabriel Maraima, 22, — a migrant from Venezuela who has been staying at the Hotel Mint JFK Airport — was busted for allegedly snatching a woman’s credit card at the same station on Saturday and making an unauthorized charge, cops and sources said,” The Post continues. “Police stopped him for entering the station through the emergency exit without paying the fare, according to cops and sources. He was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property as well as a rap for fare-beating, sources said.”

It’s a disturbing trend that isn’t just affecting subway riders.

Last week, the NYPD “nabbed a migrant pickpocketing crew accused of targeting West Village bar patrons,” according to The Post. “Oscar Tarazona, Sebastian Baez and alleged ringleader Lina Jacome-Bedoya, all migrants from Colombia, were charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property at Bosco on Bleeker, Wicked Willy’s and the Red Lion between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.”

“Ah, the NYC subway, like a low-budget remake of ‘Oliver Twist,'” remarked one user on X. “It seems our ‘Artful Dodgers’ forgot one minor detail – that they aren’t actually characters in a Dickensian novel.”

Melissa Fine


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