Gerald Jackson, 53, was caught on surveillance footage stealing from UES buildings, police said.
Police said they cracked the case but omitted that the prime suspect killed himself in police custody.
There were 37 burglaries in December 2013, more than double the amount for the same time last year.
The Upper East Side has posted an 11 percent increase in crime for 2012, NYPD statistics indicate.
Overall felony crime jumped nearly 16 percent this year compared to the same period last year.
A hidden app allegedly grabbed photos of cops trying to access a suspect's iPhone.
The Upper East Side ranked as the safest neighborhood in Manhattan, despite a high rate of grand larcenies.
Protesters blame mayor for turning city into "marijuana arrest capital of world."
The suspect allegedly sneaks into unlocked apartments around the Upper East Side to steal valuables.
The man is suspected of stealing jewelry from an apartment at 235 E. 73rd St. on April 4.
The suspect allegedly robbed seven people in February and March.
Keith Mastronardi, 31, fell to his death from his fifth-floor apartment at 340 East 74th Street Sunday night.
Toni Goodale reportedly complained to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly that officers hadn't done enough to find her missing jewels.
Mirian Monteiro went missing while staying at her aunt's Upper East Side apartment on Saturday, police said.
George Bardwil, who was convicted of beating his maid last year, claims he lost a $187,200 belt buckle while in custody.
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