NYC
07/27/2012 04:00 pm ET

Thieves Steal Jewelry From Two Toddlers In Separate Brooklyn Incidents

While times have certainly been tough, some thugs in Brooklyn are taking their hard luck out on the most innocent victims: toddlers.

Michael Andrews, 30, was arrested Wednesday morning for stealing a bracelet from a two-year-old earlier this month, the New York Post reports.

On July 6, the family was entering an elevator in the Flatbush Avenue building where the child's grandmother lives, when Andrews allegedly snatched the $300 piece of jewelry.

"He didn’t care that I was pregnant and he was stealing from a little girl,” the child's mother, Adriani Espinal, 25, told The Post.

The incident occurred four days before a second, similar attack on a 3-year-old in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

A friend and his accomplice stalked the boy, his brother and his mother from the local laundromat back to the lobby of their building just before midnight. The thieves kicked in the door and snatched a $400 gold chain from the child's neck.

Gothamist's Garth Johnston calls attention to the incidents, but also questions why toddlers were wearing such expensive jewelry in the first place.

"Why a three-year-old needs a $400 necklace is another story," he writes.

Although the number of homicides are down, crime in New York has been on the rise recently, New York Magazine reports.

Between July 9 and July 15 the NYPD reported 380 total robberies, a 2.7 percent increase from the same period last year. Violent crimes were down, however, with more than 10 percent drops in both the number of murders and felony assaults.

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