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Greenpoint Thief Targets Movie and Production Studios, Police Say

By Gwynne Hogan | July 5, 2016 12:00pm
 Police are looking for this man wanted in connection with a series of thefts.
Police are looking for this man wanted in connection with a series of thefts.
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GREENPOINT — Some behind-the-scenes thievery stepped onto center stage when a thief was caught on camera inside a North Brooklyn film studio.

A serial movie and TV set thief has been linked to eight burglaries across Greenpoint dating back to April 1, where mostly unlocked production studios have been targeted, police said.

The villain has hit Eye Production, NBC's Universal Cable Production and Cine Magic East River Studios among several others and made off with seven laptops, an iPhone, an iPad, a wallet and a Canon camera, police said.

But the camera-shy creeper was outed on May 24, when surveillance footage caught him stealing into Broadway Stages' production studio at 44 Eagle St. There he swiped an unattended iPhone 6 that belonged to a 31-year-old worker, according to police.

A manager at Broadway Stages couldn't be reached immediately.

The suspect pushed his luck stealing from crime-stopping superheroes on April 8, when he crept into a studio at 300 N. Henry St. where Netflix bases operations for Jessica Jones, the series based on the Marvel comic heroine.

The suspect still managed to enter a dressing room there through a back door and make off with an Apple charger and laptop undetected, police said.

The most recent theft, where he absconded with two Apple Macbooks and credit cards from several employees, took place on June 22 at Java Street Cine Magic East River Studios, according to police said.

While his preference is for motion picture production locations, the man also targeted two neighborhood co-working spaces The Yard located at 33 Nassau Avenue and Pencilworks at 61 Greenpoint Ave, police said.

Police said the perpetrator stands about 6 feet tall, around 200 pounds last seen a white t-shirt, blue jeans, black boots and a dark baseball cap.

Pencilworks, Eye Production, NBC's Universal Cable Production and Cine Magic East River Studios didn't return requests for comment.

Workers at the The Yard and Netflix and Marvel's studios declined to comment on the incidents. 

Anyone with information about this string of incidents should call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).