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Burglars Hit 3 LES Apartment Buildings in Little Over a Week, Police Say

By Lisha Arino | September 4, 2015 10:53am | Updated on September 7, 2015 8:35pm
 Police believe the man pictured here stole items from the basement of 53 Pitt St. on Aug. 24, 2015.
Police believe the man pictured here stole items from the basement of 53 Pitt St. on Aug. 24, 2015.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Burglars hit three Lower East Side apartment buildings in little over a week — snatching electronics, cash and sunglasses during separate incidents, according to NYPD.

Most recently, a 40-year-old resident returned to his Clinton Street apartment on Sept. 1 to find his skylight had been shattered, and his MacBook Air, $250 black Sony camera and $1,400 were missing, police said.

On Aug. 26, a thief walked away with $3,300 worth of property from a 32-year-old man's Rivington Street apartment, after entering through the bathroom window. The stolen items included a Macbook, a SONOS 3 speaker, an Apple TV, a wireless router and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, according to authorities.

In the third incident, a man was caught on camera hauling a blue plastic bag out of 53 Pitt St. filled with stolen items including a phone charger and a $170 Bluetooth speaker. He was able to walk into the building after a tenant buzzed him inside, police said.

The surveillance footage shows him entering the building roughly 8:55 a.m. on Aug. 24 and taking an elevator to the penthouse floor. Then he went up to the roof and tried to enter another elevator room, before taking the stairs down to the basement, where he stole property, officials said.

Police described the suspect as a man standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue button down shirt over a white tank top and gray pants.

Descriptions for the suspects of the two most recent burglaries were not available.

For more recent crimes in the 7th Precinct and throughout the city, check out the map below: