HELL'S KITCHEN — A serial burglar who allegedly crept into Hell's Kitchen bars and restaurants through their street-facing basement entrances before making off with cash and iPads has been caught, police said.
Jordan Adderley, 22, searched for unlocked basement grates, which are built into the sidewalk, and used them to access at least three basement entrances along 10th Avenue over the course of April, taking cash and three iPads once inside, police said.
He allegedly hit The Pony Bar at 637 10th Ave. at 45th Street, Meske Ethiopian Restaurant at 468 W. 47th St., and Mr. Biggs Bar and Grill at 596 10th Ave. at 43rd Street, which he allegedly struck twice.
"This guy was an opportunist," said Midtown North Precinct Commanding Officer Timothy Beaudette. "He'd walk up and down 10th Avenue, trying gratings, going down there and stealing things."
Beaudette said Adderley stole $20 and an iPad from Mr. Biggs, $1,500 and an iPad from Pony Bar, and $500 and an iPad from Meske.
Adderley was arrested on April 29 after police saw him allegedly peering into the windows and trying to enter the basement gate at Meske. He was charged with third-degree burglary and ordered held at the Manhattan Detention Complex on $10,500 bail or $13,000 bond.
Beaudette said cops caught Adderley by showing around footage from the security camera at Mr. Biggs.
"We figured out who he was just by showing his picture around and a lot of people recognized him."
Adderley has two prior summonses and three prior arrests since September, court records show.
Along with burglary, he has been charged with possession of stolen property, tresspassing, petit larceny and criminal possesion of a controlled substance.