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SoHo Police Seek Teenage Burglary Suspects Carrying Clipboards

By Andrea Swalec | January 6, 2012 7:00pm

MANHATTAN — Three teenagers toting clipboards recently entered a SoHo apartment building in broad daylight, walked through an open door and fled with a stolen laptop, police said. 

The teens, whose ages are estimated between 14 and 17, entered 132 Thompson St. around 2:30 p.m. on Weds., Dec. 28, police said. 

Security cameras in the building, which is located between West Houston and Prince streets, show the teens casing an apartment whose door was left ajar. In the span of two minutes, the boys — one of whom appears to be wearing a white mask — enter the home and run out with an item. 

The owner of the apartment returned home to find an Apple MacBook missing, police said. 

In part of the video released by police, one of the young suspects looks directly at the camera and smiles. 

The burglary suspects are described as between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8 in height and between 145 and 175 pounds each. One of the boys wore a jean jacket and a blue hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect wore a black Mecca brand jacket and gray hooded sweatshirt. The third boy wore a black North Face brand jacket with brown leather on the shoulders, police said. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter "TIP577."