ASTORIA — Cops are hunting for a shirtless burglar who targeted laundromats and an artisanal butcher shop and barbecue joint, swiping more than $6,000 during a five-day spree.
The suspect, approximately 20-30 years old, has struck in the middle of the night and in one instance, he was captured bare chested on surveillance tape, appearing to have a t-shirt wrapped around his head.
In the first instance, on July 17th, he allegedly broke into Butcher Bar located at 37-08 30th Ave., a shop that opened last December featuring "local, grass fed organic and natural selections" as well as barbecue offerings.
According to cops, he entered through the rear door around 2:30 a.m. and stole approximately $700 from the cash register.
Three days later, he allegedly broke into Mister Laundree at 32-02 34th Ave., breaking through the rear window around 3:30 a.m. and stealing less than $500.
The suspect struck again the next day at Astoria Laundry, at 28-09 24th Ave., breaking in through a side window and stealing around $5,000 from the cash register before fleeing.
Police described the suspect as thin-built. He was last seen wearing a T-shirt with an eagle printed on it and dark blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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