Subway crime rate jumps amid 50 percent increase in thefts

A 50 percent surge in thefts targeting city straphangers drove an overall increase in felony subway crime in September, according to new NYPD stats set to be shared at Monday’s MTA board meeting.

There were 96 grand larcenies in the subway system last month compared to 64 in August and 55 in July, according to the NYPD. Subway robberies also jumped in September by 18 percent, to 52 robberies from 44 in August, the stats show.

The crimes helped fuel an overall 25 percent increase in felonies committed in the system from August to last month.

The New York City Police Department is asking the public to help identify

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