Police Hunt Suspect In West Harlem Burglaries

By Dewi Cooke on Dec 14th, 2010

The police are hunting a man wanted in a string of apartment burglaries in West Harlem over the past six months.

The police released a sketch of this man, wanted in connection to a string of burglaries.

The suspect is believed to be behind 16 break-ins, concentrated in an area between West 126th and West 130th streets stretching from Amsterdam Avenue to St Nicholas Terrace.

In the latest incidents, two apartments were hit in two and a half hours at 420 W. 130th St. and 464 W. 126th St. on the morning of Dec. 6. Most of the other burglaries occurred in the morning between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

A police spokesman provided a list of some of the items taken in the thefts, including numerous laptop computers, computer game consoles, money, cameras and clothing. The police said the burglar often entered buildings through apartment windows.

The thief made repeated visits to particular buildings. One, 408 W. 130th St., was hit four times between September and November. The building’s superintendent, Ivan Olguin, said the police had been making regular patrols of the building for the past two months.

“Around 45 to 48 apartments have had new windows,” he said, adding that new locks had also been put on the doors of the main entrance.

The neighborhood targeted by the thief is close to busy Amsterdam Avenue but is generally quiet with a playground and elementary school, P.S. 129 John H. Finley, nearby.

The daylight burglaries appear brazen, with security cameras prominently mounted over the main entrance and on the corners of 408 W. 130th St. Olguin said footage from the cameras had been given to the police.

The police declined a request for interview but released a sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit the website, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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