'Cat Woman' Thief Hits NYC Shoe, Beauty Shops

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A serial robber who apparently loves dressing up as a cat is running rampant across the city hitting only high-end shoe and beauty shops, according to New York City police.

The frisky feline has already struck three times and was captured on surveillance video during her heist at the high-end Arche store on Astor Place in the East Village on Thursday.

During the robbery at Arche, the 5-foot-6, 115 pound thief, apparently asked the a salesperson if she likes cats and then began moving like cat woman -- even making cat sounds.

Before she pounced, police say the suspect shopped for nearly 40 minutes, before turning over a note to an employee reading, "Give me the money! I have a gun!" Police say she then fled the store with $86 in cash.

The following day the suspect hit The Body Shop in Forest Hills, Queens, police said. This time, however, she wasn't wearing her cat mask but was instead donning a scarf she had wrapped around her head. In that instance, she demanded money and made off with $500.

Last year, police say she hit another store. This time, she targeted a Nine West in Forest Hills. It is not clear how much money she got away with in that case.

The cat bandit is still on the prowl.

New York City police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

"I hope someone recognizes her and takes her off the streets soon," a worried shopper told PIX 11 News.

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