Serial Lower East Side Burglar Arrested this Week
It’s the reason so many stores are boarding up during this coronavirus lockdown. Serial burglars are prowling the streets.
Robert Bartlett, 63, was arrested on Tuesday for a string of Lower East Side commercial robberies, cops said.
The suspect is believed to have hit four stores off the Bowery over the last month alone, with the most recent being 14 Prince Street. Each heist was a major statement – heavy object through the window and cash or other valuables stolen.
The full blotter of crimes below:
- Oddfellows Ice Cream – 55 East Houston Street
- Rag & Bone – 73-75 East Houston Street
- Detox Market – 76 East Houston Street
- Velvet by Graham & Spencer – 14 Prince Street
Bartlett has quite the rap sheet, with four total arrests this year on six reported incidents, including a previous robbery of Oddfellows. The career criminal was released each time due to the so-called “bail reform.” (As of January 1, cash bail is eliminated for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.)
Cops arrested Bartlett and charged him with six counts of burglary.
Meanwhile, police are still pursuing the suspect behind eighteen robberies across Manhattan the last few weeks.
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