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Burglar Swipes $3K in Valuables Amid Uptick in East Harlem Break-ins: NYPD

EAST HARLEM— A burglar swiped nearly $3,500 in jewelry and electronics from a home on East 129th Street amid a surge in break-ins across the neighborhood, the NYPD said. 

The 25-year-old victim told police she arrived at her apartment on May 18 around 8:15 p.m. to discover her apartment ransacked and several items missing.

The suspect stole the victim’s Apple MacBook, a digital camera, a necklace, ring, watch and a suitcase, all totaling $3,460, the police said.

The victim told police the front door was locked when she arrived home, but that the back door was unlocked and a window in the apartment was broken.

There had been no arrests as of Tuesday.

The incident comes amid a whopping 325-percent increase in reported burglaries in the 25th Precinct for the most recent 28-day period through May 14, compared to the same period last year, NYPD data shows. 

The precinct recorded 17 burglaries over the most recent period, compared to just four during the same time last year. 

There were back-to-back burglaries earlier this month — one on the same street as the May 18 incident — in which a thief netted more than $1,400 in valuables and another was scared off by his victim’s screams, police said.

In a third case earlier this month, another victim reported that a thief burglarized his apartment by pushing out the window's air-conditioning unit.