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NYPD: Wading River woman reports bomb at Manhattan hotel to get faster help in finding stolen purse

In an attempt to speed up police help in finding her missing purse, a Wading River woman told a 911 operator there was a bomb in a Manhattan hotel, New York City police said.

Lisa Ruberto, 26, of 5 Cliff Rd. E., was charged with reckless endangerment and false reporting of an emergency after, police said, she made two false reports about incidents the night of Oct. 10 at the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

The NYPD received a call at 11:55 that night about a family dispute at the hotel, then about 20 minutes later, another call from a woman claiming she thought there was a bomb in the building.

A police spokeswoman said Ruberto spoke with the officers who arrived and said her purse, with about $2,000 in cash, was missing. During the investigation, Ruberto allegedly told police she had made the calls to get a quicker response when she realized she couldn't find her purse.

She was arrested and issued a desk appearance ticket. She is due in Manhattan Criminal Court on Nov. 18. Police are investigating her missing purse as a grand larceny case.

Ruberto could not be reached for comment.


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