NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for the suspects behind two burglaries in Woodside, Queens.
In the first instance on May 25, a man forced open the front door of a home on 52nd Avenue, police said. Once inside, he stole a safe with approximately $40,000 worth in jewelry and $20,000 in cash.
“Now we have to lock everything. We have to lock, lock, lock,” said neighbor Gustavo Pastor. “I think these guys, they know what they’re doing. I can say – professional.”
Police described the suspect as a man with a medium complexion who took off in a dark-colored sedan.
Less than a week later on May 31, two men forced open the rear door of a home on 69th Street, police said. While they were ransacking the second floor, they were interrupted by a 59-year-old woman.
“Everything broke. They kicked the door and broke it,” the woman’s housemate, Zehada Hossian, told CBS2’s Clark Fouraker. “She come outside and then she says, ‘Who is that? Who is that?’ And there were two guys. They just cover their head and they just run away.”
Police said the suspects, both with medium complexions, fled on foot.
“I know that it’s repetitive and it’s quick. These guys are in and out,” said resident Steven Kallenekos. “It’s terrible. I mean, nobody’s secure anymore.”
“I make sure I lock when I go away and don’t leave it open so people can tell there’s nobody’s here. So far, so good,” resident Eva Ganz said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-700-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.