NYPD Seeking Burglary Suspect Wanted In 6 Upper East Side Heists

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are hoping to catch a suspect they said has burglarized six apartments on the Upper East Side.

Authorities said the suspect enters residences through unlocked apartment doors and removes property, including jewelry, before fleeing the locations. The suspect did not display any weapons and there were no injuries in any of the burglaries.

“Somebody probably turned their head for a minute and he got in,” area resident Dave Raynor told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

The alleged perp is described as a black male approximately 6-foot-2 and 40-45 years old. In the surveillance photo released by police, he can be seen wearing a dark jacket with a white emblem and gold-rimmed glasses.

All of the burglaries have occurred this month with the first coming April 4 and the latest incident happening on April 19 at 145 East 82nd St.

The latest victim, who wanted his name withheld, gave Carlin a rundown of his stolen items, including three computers and two watches, plus a laptop bag. His fifth-floor walk-up was the latest crime scene of the half-dozen in the area.

“It was just an idiotic mistake that I walked outside and thought ‘oh my keys. I left my keys. By that time I didn’t lock the door but by that time the front door closed so I couldn’t get back in. It was a 15-minute window, so he’s either stalking my apartment or it was a ridiculous coincidence — one of the two,” he said.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Whadafug

    Why is it that you presume the victims are white? The crime reported in this story is definitely not about a hate crime but a crime of opportunity. If you make these types of rash judgments and designate neighborhoods and buildings as white and non-white, then it’s you who are truly guilty of a hate crime? I’d be careful if I were you, one day you may find yourself being prosecuted for making these kind of statements. The world it is a changing, embrace your hate and then let it go.

  • Kelly Higgins

    That guy Joe has a hot bod!

  • A. Knight

    Because it’s not…a hate crime needs to contain some kind of racial element such as the use of offensive language and slurs. Robbing someone doesn’t include that, so even if a white person robbed a black person, unless they used any degrading language, it wouldn’t be charged as a hate crime.

  • David Goldstein

    The alleged perp is described as a black male….

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