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Caught On Video: Suspect In 18 Commercial Burglaries Across Manhattan

Caught On Video: Suspect In 18 Commercial Burglaries Across Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – That’s one busy burglar.

Police are looking for a man taking advantage of closed bars and restaurants. They say he’s robbed nearly 20 of them, and it’s not just money he’s taking.

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Police say the man has helped himself to whatever he can get his hands on in bars and restaurants forced to close either partially or entirely pandemic.

Video from April 21 at Marlow Bistro on Amsterdam Avenue shows him breaking in around 10 p.m. He made off with $500 and two Apple iPads.

Police say he cuts through the vinyl door entrances and damages glass front doors to gain entry. 

The suspect has allegedly broken into at least 18 place and has stolen about $30,000 in cash, alcohol and electronics.

His pattern stretches all over: The Lower East Side, Midtown, Upper West Side, Harlem.

Blue seafood bar was broken into on Ninth Avenue. Kasia Banas owns Route 66, which is next door.

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“We are struggling. This is…i f you break the window and you steal a couple bottles of liquor, it’s not the liquor you are stealing. It’s the expense we have to go through to fix those windows and we can’t afford it,” Banas said. 

Her restaurant was broken into weeks ago, and $200 was stolen, but it was not one of the places listed in this pattern.

Debbie Kavourias owns the hardware store on the other side of Blue, which has been there for decades. She’s never heard of this many break-ins before.

“Not like this. Never like this. And I’m surprised, because there’s cameras,” she said. “We’re struggling. Everybody here is struggling, and when things like this happen, it’s very scary.

The NYPD says while overall crime is down, burglary is up from this time last year by nearly 26%. 

The last incident for this pattern took place Monday. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/05/06/caught-on-video-suspect-in-18-commercial-burglaries-across-manhattan/

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Indiana Harley-Davidson store broken into; four bikes stolen

Indiana Harley-Davidson store broken into; four bikes stolen

Indiana police are searching for brazen thieves who stole four motorcycles by riding them right out the dealership’s front door. 

The Kokomo Police Department posted surveillance footage from a local Harley-Davidson dealership, showing the late Wednesday break-in.

The thieves entered the dealership at around 3:22 a.m., wearing “concealable clothing and motorcycle helmets.” They then selected motorcycles worth a total of about $95,000: a 2020 Street Glide Special and three 2021 Street Glide Specials, according to police.

As of Saturday, no arrests had been made and further details were not available, a police spokesperson told Fox News.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Dustin Spicer at (765) 456-7194 or the Kokomo Police Department hotline at (765) 456-7017.

Source - https://nypost.com/2021/03/21/indiana-harley-davidson-store-broken-into-four-bikes-stolen/

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SEE IT: Armed robbers tie up five people, steal $40,000 in harrowing Queens home invasion

SEE IT: Armed robbers tie up five people, steal $40,000 in harrowing Queens home invasion

New York (NY Daily News)

Three masked gunmen stormed a Queens backyard where they tied up five people and swiped $40,000 in a daring caught-on-camera heist, officials said. The crooks entered the backyard of the home near 146th St. and 116th Ave. in South Jamaica through an open side entrance around 5:15 p.m. Friday, and found five people relaxing on the deck by a heat lamp. Surveillance video released Saturday by police shows the gunmen binding their victims’ wrists and ankles with zip ties. They grabbed a 43-year-old man and brought him into the house where they pistol-whipped him, cops said. “Where’s the money?” one of the gunmen demanded as the suspects rifled through the belongings, police said. The crooks ran off with $40,000 and were last seen heading north on 146th St. The pistol-whipped man suffered a cut on his face, but refused medical attention. No other injuries were reported. Police described the thieves as dark-skinned men dressed in dark clothing, wearing either face masks or surgical masks. Two of the men had thin builds. The third had a heavy build, said cops. One of the three suspects was carrying a duffel bag, officials said.

Source- https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-nyc-home-invasion-robbery-20210220-mfm57cxkgvah5gtucnadsx6qvm-story.html

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Police search for deadly shooting suspects caught on camera

Police search for deadly shooting suspects caught on camera

New York (CBS New York)- The latest incident happened just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream on Third Avenue.

Police said the suspect placed an order, and when the clerk looked away, he hit her in the head with a large rock and demanded money.

Police are searching for a man seen on video hitting a clerk in the head with a rock during a violent robbery in Kips Bay. (Credit: NYPD)

The 23-year-old victim suffered a concussion and cut to her head. She taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police said the suspect also stole a woman’s purse from a restaurant in late December, took another woman’s bag from a hotel in early January, and robbed a restaurant a week later.

Anyone with information about the crime spree is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

Source- https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/02/05/suspect-hits-clerk-in-head-with-rock-new-video/

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Thieves Swipe $160K In Goods From SoHo Chanel Store During Wild, Daytime Robbery

New York(NBC New York)- Armed thieves were seen on video pilfering a Chanel store in SoHo in broad daylight, raiding the shop and making off with about $160,000 in luxury items as stunned shoppers looked on.

The four men busted into the store at the corner of Spring Street and Wooster Street in Manhattan just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Video recorded by a woman inside the store shows them moving about the store, grabbing designer bags and goods by the armful while two others hold the doors open.

At one point, a security guard inside told one of the robbers that she was armed. The man responded, "What are you going to do? Shoot me?" and showed her the butt of his own gun.

Police confirmed that the suspects are responsible for a pattern of robberies — 20 in total, including a COS store next door — taking place from SoHo to midtown over the past couple of months. NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the robbery spree began during the widespread looting that took place over the summer.

"They go in, snatching things off of shelves, and speed off," Harrison said in a call with reporters Thursday. He said that the suspects sell the stolen goods on social media.

Police have struggled to apprehend the suspects due to difficulties that have arisen as a result of COVID — for example, wearing face masks has made it hard to identify suspects.

In Tuesday's incident, the robbers also took off in an Audi sedan with no license plates, making it difficult to see where it might have gone after the heist. Detectives said that the getaway cars the suspects have frequently used are rental cares, often with fake license plates.

The complaint filed with police said the suspects took about $160,000 worth of goods. An investigation is ongoing.

Source -https-www-nbcnewyork-com-news-local-crime-and-courts-thieves-swipe-160k-in-goods-from-soho-chanel-store-during-wild-daytime-robbery-2869227

 

 

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Caught On Video: Suspect Smashes Window, Burglarizes Mac Shack Restaurant In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD wants your help identifying the man caught on video burglarizing a restaurant in Brooklyn.

It happened Monday at 5:35 a.m. at Mac Shack, a restaurant on Fulton Street.

Video shows the man hurl something into a window to break it, then climb in. The man can then be seen heading behind the counter, grabbing a cash lockbox and hurrying out the way he came in. He then took off on Fulton Street, before heading north on Vanderbilt Avenue.

Police say he got away with $245.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/01/27/caught-on-video-suspect-smashes-window-burglarizes-mac-shack-restaurant-in-brooklyn/

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Video shows store burglar stealing cash in Queens

Video shows store burglar stealing cash in Queens

RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WABC) -- Police are searching for a Queens burglary suspect.

The NYPD says the man seen in surveillance video broke into two stores just five hours apart in Ridgewood.

 

The video is from the second incident at the Ye Garden restaurant on Fresh Pond Road.

In both break-ins the suspect broke through a glass front door before taking money from the cash registers.

If you recognize the suspect, call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

 

You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.

source - https://abc7ny.com/burglary-queens-ridgewood-surveillance-video/6144978/

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81-Year-Old ‘Holiday Bandit' Gets 5 Years in Prison for Manhattan Apartment Break-ins

81-Year-Old ‘Holiday Bandit' Gets 5 Years in Prison for Manhattan Apartment Break-ins

An 81-year-old Florida man known as the "Holiday Bandit" has been sentenced to five years in prison for breaking into luxury Manhattan homes during the holidays.

Authorities say Samuel Sabatino was behind numerous burglaries of doorman buildings on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side during Fourth of July, Memorial Day and other holidays for about a decade. He was caught on surveillance cameras at least once, stealing cash and jewels.

He pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to attempted burglary, bail jumping, burglary, and tampering with evidence, the New York Daily News reported.

Sabatino would sneak past doormen and ride up elevators, pick apartment locks and then make his getaway. Police sources said Sabatino would drive up to the city from his home in Miami and pay cash tolls along his route, perhaps to avoid detection. They said he would then stay in a motel in New Jersey and cross the George Washington Bridge — again, paying cash —before picking a building to target.

An alert doorman at a building along 93rd Street noticed him as he tried to enter a few months ago and turned him away. The doorman then called police.

Police said they can link Sabatino to at least five burglaries in recent years, but they suspect he is behind many others. Statute of limitations is five years for larceny.

One victim from a July 4, 2015, burglary said at the time that she was shaken her apartment had been targeted.

"You start to shake. You start to feel like you have been violated," the woman said, asking her name not be disclosed.

She said she had more than $40,000 in jewelry stolen.

In another alleged instance, according to a criminal complaint, a man reported that $50,000 of valuables, including wedding rings, a diamond ring and high-end watches were missing from his apartment when he and his wife returned to their home on 79th Street after days away.

In 2019 alone, Sabatino stole over $100,000, successfully entering three separate apartments and attempting to enter additional apartments, according to Assistant District Attorney Rachel Polisner. However, it is believed Sabatino has stolen about $400,000 worth of items over the past five years.

Additionally, Polisner said that in an effort to destroy evidence, Sabatino tried to flush a watch down the toilet, which prosecutors believe belongs to an alleged burglary victim.

Polisner said that part of the reason why the investigation has been ongoing for years is largely because Sabatino was living under a new identity, the alias "James Clement," since he disappeared in 2001 after allegedly jumping bail from a previous burglary arrest.

source - https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/81-year-old-holiday-bandit-gets-5-years-in-prison-for-manhattan-apartment-break-ins/2264275/

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NYPD: Suspects Steal $700K In Goods In More Than 40 Burglaries

NYPD: Suspects Steal $700K In Goods In More Than 40 Burglaries

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The NYPD says a group of men wanted in over three dozen burglaries have made off with more than $700,000 worth of goods this summer.

Police say the incidents date back to June.

 

In the first burglary, which occurred on the morning of June 5, four suspects allegedly used a crowbar to pry open the back door of a Verizon store on Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn and broke into a safe, taking off with $40,000 worth of electronics. 

They struck the same location again on July 2 using the same method of entry, this time allegedly taking $2,300 worth of phone accessories. 

A day earlier, police said they broke into a delivery truck in a parking lot at the corner of East 59th Street and Avenue J, a few blocks from the Verizon store, and took all the furniture that was inside. 

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The NYPD now believes that the group is responsible for at least 41 other incidents that occurred between July 8 and Aug. 17 in multiple locations throughout the city. 

One Brooklyn resident tells WCBS 880's Kristie Keleshian that the burglary spike does not surprise him.

"We live in a difficult time so I was not surprised to see something like that," the man said.

While no details were released about the other incidents, police did release photos and videos of the suspects from inside the Verizon store and inside the parking lot. 

Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

source - https://www.radio.com/wcbs880/articles/news/police-search-for-group-responsible-for-over-40-burglaries

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Video shows serial burglary suspect on Staten Island

Video shows serial burglary suspect on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, New York (WABC) -- The NYPD has released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in a string of burglaries on Staten Island.

Police say the man broke into 17 businesses between May 14th and June 22nd.


Investigators believe he gained entry by breaking through security gates.

To date, the thief has gotten away with $6,000 in cash, electronics and cigarettes.

Police are trying to track him down.


Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) if you recognize him.

You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.

source - https://abc7ny.com/serial-burglar-burglaries-string-of-burglary-pattern/6291403/

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