Alleged Air Conditioner Bandit Caught Leaving Crime Scene on Crutches
By Mathew Katz and Ben Fractenberg
HELL'S KITCHEN — He was going nowhere fast.
Police arrested 48-year-old Robert Jones of Brooklyn Thursday in connection to a string of burglaries in Hell's Kitchen, after spotting him leaving the scene of the crime using a pair of crutches.
"He was seen leaving the scene of one of these burglaries on crutches," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "So a burglar using crutches is unusual."
It was unclear whether Jones was actually injured or whether the crutches were a disguise.
Kelly, who called Jones a career burglar, said Jones was spotted getting into a cab, which cops were able to track.
Cops say Jones took electronics, jewelry and cash from least 16 apartments since November, sneaking in through unlocked windows and in many instances pushing in air conditioners that unsuspecting residents have left in throughout the warm winter.
Cops who arrived at Jones' residence allegedly caught him red-handed — using one of the stolen computers to list others on a computer-selling website.
Police have charged Jones with four counts of burglary, along with two other counts of burglary and criminal possesion of stolen property.