LONG ISLAND CITY — This thief likes to break in the hard way.
A prolific burglar broke into a series of Long Island City buildings by tossing rocks from nearby rooftops and then mysteriously making his way into the upper floors of his targets, swiping jewels, glasses and watches, police said.
The suspect first hit an eighth floor jewelry store on 47th Avenue in Long Island City on Oct. 14, getting inside before 8 p.m. and taking baubles, police said.
He also allegedly made his way inside a second floor glasses store on 33rd Street on Oct. 23, taking eyeglass frames.
Then on Oct. 26, the suspect took watches from the sixth floor of LaGuardia Community College at 29-10 Thomson Ave. He did not use a rock to get into the building in this case.
He allegedly returned to break into the jewelry store again on Nov. 5; then returned to the eyeglass store he burglarized on Nov. 16, and took more frames.
Police did not have any further explanation as to how the suspect got into the buildings after tossing the rocks.
Investigators describe the suspect as in his late 40s or early 50s, with a bald head and medium build.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) log onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.