EAST HARLEM — A thief stole more than $9,600 in tools from a construction site earlier this month — the fifth construction site burglary to take place in the neighborhood in recent months, according to police.
An employee of Bronx-based Edgehill Construction told police that a burglar removed a chain at the work site at 57 E. 130th St. and swiped the company’s high-powered tools around 8:30 a.m. on May 1.
The employee said six drills, nine saws, three jackhammers, eight shower bodies, a plastering gun and two copper pipes — totaling $9,6530 — were stolen from the site, police said.
A representative for the construction company could not be reached for comment.
This is the fifth report of a construction site robbery in the neighborhood over the past two months. Last month, an $800 generator was stolen from a site on East 123rd Street.
Another work site at 433 E. 115th St. was also hit twice in a matter of weeks, with more than $12,000 in tools stolen during two different burglaries in March and April, according to the NYPD.
It's not clear yet if any of the burglaries are related. As of Friday, there were no arrests in any of the five incidents, police said.