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Back-to-Back Home Break-Ins Hit East Harlem Apartments, Police Say

EAST HARLEM — A pair of home break-ins in back-to-back days netted one burglar more than $1,400 in valuables, while the second suspect got scared off by his would-be victim's screams, police said. 

In the first incident, on April 23 between 9:30 p.m. and shortly after midnight, the suspect slipped into a 44-year-old woman's apartment at 29 E. 129th St. while she was away and made off with two laptops, a gold necklace, a silver necklace and a heart-shaped all worth $1,451, police said.

The victim told police she did not know how the thief gained access, but speculated it could have been through a window.

In the second case, a 47-year-old resident of 203 E. 116th St. was sitting in her bedroom around 9:45 p.m. on April 22 when a masked suspect opened her bedroom door assuming no one was home, police said.

The woman screamed, leading the would-be thief to flee the apartment, police added.

The suspect was described as a male, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing roughly 150 pounds.