Burglars Use Fire Escapes to Break into Greenwich Village Apartments

By Tom Liddy on November 30, 2011 3:49pm 

Fire escapes on East 5th Street.
Fire escapes on East 5th Street.
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MANHATTAN — Two men are wanted for breaking into a series of Greenwich Village apartments using windows near fire escapes — in some cases waking their sleeping victims, police said.

The burglaries occurred during the last two weeks of October, including one that took place in the afternoon hours.

Police said the pair first struck on Oct. 18, when the suspects allegedly broke into an apartment on West 8th Street at 4 p.m.

Over the following two weeks, they allegedly hit apartments on Bleecker Street, West 10th Street, West 11th Street and Greenwich Avenue.

In each case they made off with items such as electronics and money, sources said.

Police said that one of the suspects is 30-35 years old, 5-foot-7, 150 pounds and was spotted wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, baseball hat, black jacket, jeans and dark colored shoes.

The other was 20-25 years old, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, with a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or log onto the Crime Stoppers' website or text CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

These are the men wanted for burglarizing five apartments in the Village in October 2011.  These surveillance pictures were taken during an alleged break-in on Greenwich Avenue on Oct. 28.
These are the men wanted for burglarizing five apartments in the Village in October 2011. These surveillance pictures were taken during an alleged break-in on Greenwich Avenue on Oct. 28.
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