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Police: UES Burglary Victims Left Doors Unlocked

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Manhattan Upper East Side Burglary Suspect

Police are searching for this man who they say walks into unlocked apartments and robs residents. (credit: DCPI)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police said the six victims of the string of burglaries in the Upper East Side all left their doors unlocked.

With the doors unlocked, the perpetrator, who police describe as a 40- to 45-year-old black male approximately 6-foot-2-inches, simply walks in and robs residents of their property, including jewelry.

While the neighbors are on edge, not all of them are as careful as cops would like.

“I leave my door unlocked all the time,” neighbor Heather said. “I have two dogs. When I walk the bulldog that doesn’t go more than a block, I always leave the door unlocked.”

Police said an unlocked door is just an open invitation for someone to rob you.

Neighbor Lauren said she’s been very careful.

“My mother’s taught me that from a very young age. She’s very anal about that kind of stuff, especially in a city like this where stuff happens on every block. You should definitely keep your doors locked,” she said.

Police said residents must be mindful of a simple precaution like locking the door and also be aware of possible burglars who will try to get in through impersonating deliverymen.

That’s how police arrested one man who they say got into apartment buildings by ringing in and saying he was with UPS. Upon getting buzzed into apartment buildings in SoHo and the West Village, he robbed residents of their property.

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