A brazen burglar recently went on a noontime spree in the Village, but only scored goods on one out of three tries, according to cops. Note to burglar: A lot of people are at home right now…remember, the pandemic?
All three reported incidents occurred on Tues., July 28.
In the first attempted burglary, around 11:35 a.m., the suspect tried to gain entry into a 31-year-old man’s apartment at Jones and Bleecker Sts. by pushing in the window screen. But the resident confronted the invader at the window and he fled empty-handed down the fire escape.
Not to be deterred, shortly afterward, around 12:15 p.m., the suspect reportedly scaled a fence behind a residential building at W. 12th and W. Fourth Sts. He knocked on a 28-year-old female resident’s door and motioned for her to open it for him. The woman refused and the would-be burglar again fled in an unknown direction.
However, around 12:30 p.m., near the same location as the second incident, the determined thief got into a 27-year-old woman’s apartment — whose door had been left unlocked — and stole her purse. Among the items in the victim’s handbag were $40 in cash, Apple headphones and her credit cards.
The ensuing investigation found that, about an hour later, the suspect tried to use one of the victim’s credit cards to make unauthorized purchases inside the Target department store at 139 Flatbush Ave., in the Atlantic Terminal Mall, in Downtown Brooklyn.
The burglar was last seen wearing sunglasses, a blue surgical mask, a black baseball cap, a black shirt, blue jeans and black-and-white sneakers.
Police provided video and images reportedly gathered from the first and third incidents.
Police ask that anyone with information call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are strictly confidential.