MANHATTAN — A bicycle-riding thief allegedly stole two laptops from an elite private school on the Upper East Side.
The suspect slipped through an unlocked door at the Rudolf Steiner School’s upper school at 15 E. 78th St. at approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 12, stealing the computers before fleeing on foot and leaving his bicycle behind, police said.
The suspect is believed to be 35 – 40 years old, 5-feet-9 and 200 pounds.
The Steiner School, which occupies two mansions on the Upper East Side, opened its doors in the 1920s.
The K through 12 institution teaches the Waldorf method, which is a “pedagogy derived from the insights of Austrian-born scientist, philosopher, artist, and educator Rudolf Steiner,” according to the school’s website.
The curriculum “integrates the disciplines of movement, fine arts, and practical arts into the study of humanities, science, math, and technology.”
Other neighborhood schools have also seen computers stolen.
The two incidents have not been deemed a pattern, police said.
The school did not immediately return calls for comment.
Anyone with information on the Steiner School burglary is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.