Caught on Camera: Woman swapped Bronx man’s gold chain for a fake; NYPD investigating

As the woman put the chain around his neck, Gaetano Lamaruggine says she removed a gold chain he had already been wearing and left the scene.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2023, 6:03 PM

Updated 367 days ago

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A woman stole a gold chain from a man in the Bronx by swapping it with a fake one she claimed she was giving him as a thank you gift.
Surveillance footage shows the victim, 68-year-old Gaetano Lamaruggine, sitting in front of his house when he was approached by a woman who pulled up in what appears to be a black Mitsubishi.
Lamaruggine says the woman told him her mother was sick, needed medicine and asked him for directions to a nearby pharmacy.
After he gave her the directions, the woman hugged him and told him she was going to give him a chain to show appreciation for his help.
As the woman put the chain around his neck, Lamaruggine says she removed a gold chain he had already been wearing and left the scene.
Lamaruggine says he feels violated by the experience.
"This is so scary. I'm sitting on my front porch, and I became a victim of a crime,” he said. “This is so sad that she had to take my chain that I've had for so many years."
Police say they are currently investigating the incident.


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