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Greenpoint Burglar Snatches $1,000 in Coins from Laundromat, Police Say

By Gwynne Hogan | July 17, 2017 11:05am
 The young thief is thought to have burglarized two Greenpoint buisnesses in June, according to police.
The young thief is thought to have burglarized two Greenpoint buisnesses in June, according to police.
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GREENPOINT — He'll have quarters to do his laundry for years to come.

A burglar crept into two Greenpoint businesses hours apart and snatched $1,500 in coins and cash from a laundromat and goods from an Asian restaurant, police said.

The thief struck first at the Asian-fusion eatery Baoburg at 614 Manhattan Ave. at 1:50 a.m. on June 18, police said, entering through an unlocked basement door.

The burglar — who appears to be in his teens, according to security camera footage of the theft — then rummaged around the basement and took some items, though it wasn't clear what, police said.

After striking Baoburg, the teen made his way to a laundromat at 184 Norman Ave. five blocks away around 2:45 a.m., where he snuck in through a side window and broke open a coin machine, stealing around $500 in cash and $1,000 in coins, police said.

He then darted from the scene, and had yet to be arrested a month after the incident, police said.

When asked why it took police a month to release footage of the theft, an NYPD spokesman said investigators must have had a hard time tracking down leads.

Workers at Baoburg and the laundromat couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).