Chinatown Serial Burglar at Large; $30K Jewelry Already Stolen
Two weeks ago, a serial burglar in Chinatown was collared for a string of jobs in the neighborhood. But a second one remains at large, and continues to target residents in the area, making off with at least $30,000 in jewelry.
The 5th Precinct is currently seeking a suspect in connection with these residential heists, which actually began on May 15. He’s struck six times in the last few months, including midtown at Madison Avenue and East 30th Street.
Eyewitness News spoke to one of the victims who was fleeced of $21,000 in jewelry, watches, and cash on July 17.
“He walks up to the building and he makes sure that there’s not that many people on the street and he’s always looking out,” the victim said. “Then you can see on the footage, he takes out a tool from his book-bag and he pries open the front door. And then when he’s in the building his method of entry into the apartment is that he breaks the cylinder.”
The footage referenced is surveillance of a recent hit on Mosco Street, which shows the perp spending twelve minutes before finally breaking in.
Investigators say the suspect is in his thirties, and stands roughly 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall with a stocky build.