Oct. 30, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
Police are looking for a man who stole over $20,000 worth of equipment during four burglaries that occurred at construction sites in Astoria and Dutch Kills over two weeks in September and October.
The four burglaries occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12, according to the NYPD.
The first burglary took place at about 2:50 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at a construction site located at 40-09 21st St. in Dutch Kills. The suspect broke into the site and stole $7,000 worth of DeWalt tools before fleeing in an unknown direction.
Three days later, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 3, the suspect broke into another construction site located at 30-17 23rd St. in Astoria. This time, the man stole $10,000 worth of tools, damaged two tool-boxes and fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The next day, the man broke into a site at 23-10 30th Dr. by damaging the front door and the chain used to lock it. He took a DeWalt generator, pick-axes, shovels and a hammer before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The final burglary occurred on Saturday, Oct. 12 at about 7 a.m. at a site at 37-10 10th St. The suspect removed $2,500 worth of Hilti tools and again fled in an unknown direction.
The suspect was captured on CCTV during the first burglary and was observed to be a bearded black man.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the male 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, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.