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Police: Bronx Man Arrested In Petroleum Jelly Burglaries

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Luis Gonzalez (credit: NYPD)

Luis Gonzalez (credit: NYPD)


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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a Bronx man wanted in a string of robberies in Manhattan dating back to last year.

40-year-old Luis Gonzalez has been charged with burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny in the so-called petroleum jelly burglaries, police said.

The 14 incidents all took place in Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood between Sept. 4, 2011 and March 8 of this year.

In each burglary, police said Gonzalez rubbed petroleum jelly on the apartment door peepholes of his victims so they couldn’t identify him.

Authorities said Gonzalez made off with laptops, jewelry, cellphones, iPods, televisions, cigarettes and even bicentennial coins.

No injuries were reported in an of the incidents.

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