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Police Search For Suspects Wanted In More Than 20 Lower Manhattan Burglaries

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A pair of suspects remained on the run Thursday night, wanted for more than 20 burglaries the West Village, TriBeCa, and Chinatown in just one month.

As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the bandits struck four apartments within a block at Christopher and Hudson streets – among several other apartments as far away as Mulberry Street near Prince Street in Chinatown.

But police might have one-upped the suspects, as detectives now have surveillance pictures of them.

Dennis Nabors was among the burglary victims.

“It gives you a real eerie feeling,” he said.

By the time Nabors figured out he was a victim, the two burglars who broke into his West Village apartment were long gone.

“It’s really weird, because you know, you can see where some of the doors were opened in my room, and my closet door was swung open, and my drawers were pulled open,” Nabors said.

The burglary in Nabors’ apartment happened three weeks ago. Once inside, the suspects took four MacBooks and three iPads from Nabors and his roommates.

Roommate Andrew Friedman was the first to get home that day.

“It took a while for it to really hit me, you know, because obviously, you know, stuff goes missing — roommate might have taken it — big deal,” Friedman said.

Police believe the bandits are behind 26 burglaries. After one case in the Village, investigators were able to pull surveillance photos of the men from inside a nearby PATH train station.

“Those guys have a lot of gumption, you know, coming in 25 places in a month?” Friedman said. “It’s unbelievable, you know? Unbelievable.”

“You never expect it until it actually happens,” Nabors said.

Police said forced entry was not detected in any of the burglaries, so it appeared the men have been finding open doors.

The list of items taken read like an entries on a crook’s wish list; MacBooks, cash, jewelry and other high end electronics.

“It’s not pleasant; it’s not something you want to deal with, but you know, we lock the door now,” Friedman said. “Things are a little bit more secure.”

The burglaries in which the men are suspect happened between Feb. 5 and March 17.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS(8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

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