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Police Searching for Bandit Tied to String of Home Burglaries in Kew Gardens Hills

Dec. 10, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Police are searching for a man who is tied to a string of October and November home burglaries in Kew Garden Hills and nearby neighborhoods.

The bandit is involved in at least seven incidents over the two-month period and stole cash, passports, jewelry, clothing, power tools and more.

In the first incident on Oct. 3, he stole a watch, cash, wallet and passports from a home near 160th Street and 73rd Avenue, police said.

A few days later, neighbors caught him attempting to get inside a home near 164th Street and 77th Avenue at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 and shouted at him, causing him to flee the area empty-handed, police said. Upon returning home, the homeowner later discovered that a motion sensor light had been unscrewed from the exterior of the house.

He broke into another home in the vicinity of 160th Street and 77th Road on Oct. 11 by forcibly opening a back door. Once inside, he removed jewelry, clothing and perfume, police said.

Sometime between the evening of Oct. 11 and the morning of Oct. 12, he broke into another home’s garage near 162nd Street and 77th Road by damaging the garage door mechanism. Once inside, he removed various power tools and fled, cops said.

Then in November, the suspect hit three more houses.

On Nov. 4 around 10:45 a.m., he attempted to break into a home in the vicinity of 160th Street and 77th Road again. He cut open a basement screen window, but was unable to get inside and fled the scene empty-handed, police said.

Later in the month, he hit two houses in one day on Nov. 27. He broke a back basement door of one home near 150th Street and 78th Road and took cash and jewelry.

He then attempted to break into a house near 160th Street and 77th Road shortly before 8 p.m. A resident of the home heard banging on a back window and turned on the house lights, causing the bandit to run off, cops said.

Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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