Thief Broke Into Several UWS Building Through Basement Doors, Police Say

Police are looking for the man shown above in surveillance footage for a series of break-ins throughout the neighborhood. The man tends to steal power tools, though sometimes swipes other items like bicycles, police say. The police description of the crimes is below.

Incident #1: (24 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Friday, November 24, 2017, at approximately 1555 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity Broadway and West 98th Street, and removed tools worth $1,260. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #2: (20 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at approximately 0100 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity West End Avenue and West 70th Street, and removed power tools worth $4,100. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #3: (20 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at approximately 0555 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity Central Park Avenue and West 69th Street, and removed power tools worth $700. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #4: (26 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at approximately 0300 hours, an unidentified individual attempted to forcibly enter the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity West 110 Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The individual was unsuccessful and then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #5: (34 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at approximately 0240 hours, an unidentified individual attempted to forcibly enter the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity Cabrini Boulevard and West 187 Street. The individual was unsuccessful and fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #6: (40 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Saturday January 27, 2018 at approximately 1800 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity of East 149 Street and Third Avenue, and removed kitchen appliances worth $600. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #7: (20 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at approximately 0236 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity of East 149 Street and Morris Avenue, and removed a bicycle worth $600. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #8: (24 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Monday March 26, 2018, at approximately 0230 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity Central Park West and West 107th Street, and removed power tools worth $2,300. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

Incident #9: (34 Precinct)

It was reported to police that on Wednesday April 4, 2018, at approximately 0230 hours, an unidentified individual forcibly entered the basement door of a residential building in the vicinity Cabrini Boulevard and West 187th Street, and removed power tools worth $1,500. The individual then fled in an unknown direction.

The individual is described as a male Hispanic last seen wearing all dark clothing riding a bicycle.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

NEWS | 15 comments | permalink
    1. UWSHebrew says:

      career criminal. get this filth locked up!

      • Blea Ding Hart says:

        Re: “…get this filth locked up!”

        Hmmm…”filth”???
        Add up “worth $1,260…worth $4,100…worth $700…worth $600…worth $600…worth $2,300…worth $1,500”

        Let’s see…in 6 months he cleared, TAX-FREE, $11,060, or maybe a bit less (as we all know about “padding the loss” to get back at “the evil insurance company”).

        So even $10,000 is enough to buy himself some nice threads and new kicks…and maybe even a good GPS so instead of having “fled in an unknown direction” he would always know in which direction to flee.

        • allie says:

          @ Blea Ding Hart (cool SN, btw)

          Can’t quite figure out what you’re trying to say.
          Are you applauding his having stolen >$11k and saying he’s NOT filth??

          • Blea Ding Hart says:

            Re: “Are you applauding his having stolen >$11k and saying he’s NOT filth??”

            Well…as the college perfessors and intedreckshuals maintain, in the matter of crimes committed by the marginalized and impoverished, one must consider the socio-economic parameters of institionalized pover…….(snore…snore) SORRY, I just put MYSELF to sleep

        • EricaC says:

          I’m totally for trial before conviction, much less imprisonment, but are you actually suggesting that if he really did break into about 10 buildings, he shouldn’t go to jail? The issue isn’t just the value of the property stolen, it is the breaking into people’s’ homes.

    2. UWS10023 says:

      sheesh! he’s been busy

    3. Janet Wasserman says:

      Incidents #6 and #7 appear to be Bronx precincts- the 40. Why are they included in a report about the UWS? Even Incident#7 has the wrong precinct.

      Even if the NYPD believes that the same individual was responsible, it is disconcerting to see a local news outlet mis-report some incidents as related to the UWS when it is only the individual suspected who ties these together.

      The WSR should have been clearer in its reporting.

      • West Sider says:

        We didn’t say every report was in the neighborhood. In any case it’s worth giving all the locations in case it helps bring in leads.
        WSR

        • dannyboy says:

          WSR,

          Your journalism on this hits the mark. Better reporting to profile the perp and the direction of his crime-spree.

          Now about your reporting on the 96 st crosswalks…

      • EricaC says:

        It seemed fairly obvious why they were included – they seem to be by the same individual. It seems an odd thing to be so outraged by ….

    4. dannyboy says:

      The perp is a real dope.

      Firstly, stealing the super’s tools is dangerous work. I lived in buildings where the super kept a machete handy for such circumstances. And then:
      “East 149 Street and Morris Avenue, and removed a bicycle worth $600.” is also the wrong neighborhood to grab a bike.

      He’ll get his if he isn’t caught first.Either way his crime does not pay.

    5. dannyboy says:

      The guy’s riding a stolen bike! What a dope!

      My daughter tracked down the guy who stole her bike from ebay. Set a meet and cops stung him.

      Only a dope would ride around on a stolen bike.

      (On the other hand, my criminal defense attorney friend sometimes uses stupidity as a defense. It’s worked).

    6. Zeus says:

      Get him. Try him in court.
      If guilty, lock him up.
      If not, pay him $1,000.000 in damages.

    7. dannyboy says:

      Zeus for the Prosecution.

      EricaC for the Defense.