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'Bourne'-Style Thief Swiped $120K in Packages From Deliverymen, NYPD Says

By Alan Neuhauser | November 22, 2013 7:26am
 Police arrested Pedro Montanez, 39, on Oct. 16 for stealing boxes of jewelry and electronics from FedEx and USPS carts, sources said.
Police arrested Pedro Montanez, 39, on Oct. 16 for stealing boxes of jewelry and electronics from FedEx and USPS carts, sources said.
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MIDTOWN — He was "Bourne" to run.

A robber straight out of "The Bourne Identity" stole more than $120,000 in goods from mail carriers and a postal store in Midtown — and was finally nabbed after he led police on two wild chases, NYPD sources said.

Special operations officers from the Midtown North and Midtown South precincts teamed up last month to take down the robber, who pilfered jewelry, electronics and other items from FedEx and United States Postal Service deliverymen, as well as a postal store, police said.

"It's like ''The Bourne Identity' movie — very tough to catch," a police source said of the alleged thief, Pedro Montanez, 39. "We chased him once up Fifth Avenue and he got away. He's great at getting away."

On three occasions between June and October, the Bronx resident stole from delivery handcarts and stores, police said.

Two of the thefts occurred outside 360 Madison Ave., where Montanez is accused of swiping an iPhone from a FedEx delivery cart on June 5, as well as two boxes of jewels valued at $90,000 from a USPS cart on Oct. 10., according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Montanez is also accused of stealing three boxes valued at $29,000 from a FedEx store on West 48th Street near Fifth Avenue on Sept. 30, authorities said. 

"He waits until someone steps away, and then he'll snatch stuff," the police source said.

After the October theft, the Midtown North and Midtown South precincts joined forces and "took all our plainclothes personnel and formulated a tactical plan," led by Midtown North Detective Brett Grape, sources said.

For 48 hours officers staked out spots across Midtown, finally spotting Montanez near Park Avenue and East 49th Street  on Oct. 16, police said.

He fled, leading officers on a long foot chase through the streets, "into moving traffic, causing cars to have to stop to avoid hitting him," according to the DA's criminal complaint.

Montanez ended up "jumping into a construction site," the police source said, but "we got him."

Montanez, who was also already wanted for jumping bail on previous burglary, attempted burglary and grand larceny charges in Midtown, was charged with two more counts of grand larceny, reckless endangerment, petit larceny and resisting arrest, authorities said.

He is being held without bail at Manhattan Detention Complex, court and Department of Correction records show.

Montanez's lawyer could not be reached for comment. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 18.