12-Year-Old Thief Slips Through Restaurant Windows Left Ajar, Police Say

By Murray Weiss and Emily Frost  on June 23, 2014 6:55am

 Pio Pio was one of the restaurants that was robbed during a stealing spree by a 12-year-old boy, police said.
Pio Pio was one of the restaurants that was robbed during a stealing spree by a 12-year-old boy, police said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A 12-year-old boy slipped through open windows and doors to raid three Upper West Side restaurants, police said. 

The boy, whose identity police are withholding and who was charged as a juvenile, went unnoticed as he snuck into the restaurant's kitchens and a basement during business hours until security camera footage was reviewed later, police said. 

He stole liquor bottles and cell phones before slipping out, police said. The doors and windows were left ajar to help ventilate hot kitchens, they added. 

On June 7, the boy stole from Pio Pio, a Peruvian restaurant at 702 Amsterdam Ave. The restaurant did not immediately return a request for comment. 

On June 8, he struck the Indian restaurant Ayurveda Café, just one storefront north at 706 Amsterdam Ave. Again, the restaurant did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Also on June 8, the boy "came in through a back alley and went through the basement," of Buceo 45, a Spanish tapas bar at 201 West 95th St. at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue, said the manager who did not want to give his name or comment further on what was taken. 

According to police, the boy has also been charged in connection with stealing a purse in Harlem.

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