Police Blotter, Week of April 26, 2018

An image from a surveillance video from the alleged Village burglar’s last, and biggest, heist.

Busy burglar

Police are hunting a serial burglar who they say has struck at least six times in the Village’s Sixth Precinct since January.

In the first incident, on Sat., Jan. 20, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the man entered an unoccupied apartment in the vicinity of E. Ninth St. and University Place, and removed jewelry worth $31,000.

On Fri., Feb. 9, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., the same guy allegedly entered an unoccupied apartment at W. 10th St. and Greenwich Ave., and removed $1,300 worth of jewelry.

Also on Fri., Feb. 9, but between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:15 p.m., the same suspect entered an unoccupied apartment at W. 10th St. and Greenwich Ave., and removed jewelry worth $9,200.

The Village burglar hit another home sometime between Tues., Feb. 6, at 8 a.m., and Sat., Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., again in the vicinity of W. 10th St. and Greenwich Ave., and swiped a $2,000 watch.

On Wed., March 7, around 9:50 p.m., the busy burglar was spotted inside an apartment at Hudson and Barrow Sts. by its tenants. They watched him removing a black clutch bag, earrings and cufflinks worth $900 from their bedroom dresser. When he was confronted, he fled through the backyard and out through the side entrance toward Hudson St. No injuries were reported.

In his latest caper, on Sun., April 1, the crafty crook struck it big. According to police, during the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 3:45 a.m., he allegedly entered a residential house through an unlocked door at W. 11th St. and Fifth Ave. while the owners were sleeping inside, and removed a jewelry box and jewelry worth $50,000. There were no injuries.

The stealthy suspect is described as black, around age 30, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black / camouflage-pattern baseball hat. He has a tattoo on the back of his right hand with the letters “RIP” and another indistinguishable word. Video and photos of him were obtained in the April 1 burglary, showing him exiting the home.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All tips are confidential.


iPad grab

A 28-year-old man left an iPad on a treadmill at Planet Fitness, at 22 E. 14 St., on Thurs., April 12, at 7 a.m., and when he went back to get it, it was gone. The Apple iPad is worth $300. Anthony Collado, 32, was arrested April 19 for misdemeanor petit larceny.


Wasn’t invited

According to police, a man entered New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, at 1 Washington Square South, during “a lawful assembly” and caused a disruption on Fri., April 20, at 3 p.m. He was there reportedly without the event organizer’s permission. When responding police searched the interloper, they found small bags of alleged marijuana in his pants pockets.

Antonio L. Munoz, 36, was arrested for misdemeanor obstructing government administration. The report did not say the nature of the N.Y.U. event.


Dip at own risk

A man was eating at Dunkin’ Donuts, at 75 Christopher St., just west of Seventh Ave. South, on Sun., April 15, at 12:30 p.m., when his backpack was stolen, police said. The bag contained his iPad Pro, iPad pencil, Kindle, phone charger, notebook and books, with a combined total value of $1,440.

The man, 57, was able to track his iPad to W. 36th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves. William Logan, 67, was arrested on April 22 for felony grand larceny. It was not immediately clear if all the stolen items were recovered.


Tabia C. Robinson
and Lincoln Anderson

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