Woman Uses Camera to Catch Handyman Breaking into Apartment, Police Say

By Heather Holland on July 10, 2014 8:37am 

 A handyman of a Flatiron rental building was caught searching through wallets in a resident's bedroom, police said.
A handyman of a Flatiron rental building was caught searching through wallets in a resident's bedroom, police said.
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FLATIRON — A Flatiron resident caught her building’s handyman rummaging through her wallets and jewelry box using a surveillance camera she had installed in her bedroom, the NYPD said.

The camera captured 32-year-old Luis Colon going into the victim's bedroom at 30 W. 18th St. without permission and rifling through five wallets and a jewelry box at about 12:40 a.m. on July 2, police said.

When the resident returned from work and saw the footage on her computer, she alerted police.

The building’s superintendent identified the suspect in the video as a handyman who works in the building, and led police to another apartment where Colon was painting walls, where officers arrested him, police said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether any items were taken from the apartment.

Colon was charged with burglary. He is due back in court on Aug. 7. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other notable crimes that occurred in the 13th Precinct include:

► A 37-year-old man was arrested for knocking 15 bottles of olive oil off of shelves at the Garden of Eden grocery at 162 W. 23rd St., police said.

The bottles were worth $359.85 in all, according to police.

Anthony Digangi was charged with criminal mischief. He’s due back in court on Sept. 11.  His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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