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Suspect Charged In String Of Burglaries In Midtown, Chelsea

Surveillance images of a suspect in nine burglaries of businesses in Chelsea and Midtown. (Credit: NYPD)

Surveillance images of a suspect in nine burglaries of businesses in Chelsea and Midtown. (Credit: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect was arrested and charged this week in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Midtown and Chelsea.

Darnell Lawson, 50, of Harlem, was arrested and charged Friday, police said.

Police initially released information about a pattern of nine incidents, in all of which Lawson is charged.

In each incident, a suspect broke into a business that was closed, and took laptops and other property before running off, police said.

• On Monday, April 28, a suspect broke into the Michael Alan Group, 22 W. 38th St., and took an iPad, a Macbook Air and cash;

• On Friday, May 9, a suspect broke into Haymarket Media, 114 W. 26th St., and took a Dell laptop;

• On Saturday, May 24, a suspect broke into Crossmedia Inc., 22 W. 23rd St., and took several Macbooks and a bottle of bourbon;

• On Friday, May 30, a suspect broke into APICA, 20 W. 23rd St., and took a laptop;

• On Monday, June 2, a suspect broke into the Michael Alan Group again, and took cash;

• On Thursday, June 12, a suspect broke into Best Apartments, 119 W. 23rd St., but left without taking anything;

• On Friday, June 13, a suspect broke into Prompt Business, 22 W. 38th St., and took laptops and cash;

• Also on Friday, June 13, a suspect broke into Soft Tech Health, 363 Seventh Ave., and took laptops;

• On Friday, June 20, a suspect entered a building at 24 W. 23rd St. and took cash.

Police also suspect Lawson in two more incidents.

• On April 11 around 7:20 p.m., a suspect broke into the building at 247 W. 36th St. and took two Macbooks;

• On June 12 around 9 p.m., a suspect broke into 153 W. 27th St. and took five laptops.

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