Free from prison, NYC subway chain snatcher goes right back to his specialty, cops say

Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News
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He doesn’t look like a woman named Andrea — and that was a factor in a paroled subway mugger’s undoing, say cops.

Dana McWhite, 53, was busted last week less than two hours after he tore a gold necklace with the nameplate “Andrea” from a woman’s neck in Park Slope, police said.

When he tore the necklace from the woman’s neck at the Prospect Ave. ‘R’ line station, McWhite was already a person of interest in several other robberies.

Cops figured he’d eventually show up at West Point Jewelry, a pawn shop on Clinton St. on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

And that’s where they say they found him on Wednesday afternoon.

With him was the necklace he’d stolen hours earlier with Andrea’s name on it, said police.

McWhite was charged in four robberies in which he snatched chains from women on the subway.

He’s a suspect in two other cases — including one July 10, the day after he was paroled from prison after serving five years in a string of chain snatch robberies dating to 2014.

McWhite, who lives in Flatbush, was held Saturday on $5,000 bail.

With Noah Goldberg


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