The New York City Police Department is looking for a thief who has stolen thousands of dollars worth of products from two Downtown Brooklyn businesses over the past few weeks.
Cops said a man entered the Burlington Coat Factory store at 490 Fulton St. through an emergency exit after business hours, sometime between 12:43 and 5:30 am, on Aug. 17. The burglar stole $6,050 worth of fragrances, clothing, and electronics before fleeing.
The police suspect the same man broke into Champ’s, a sportswear store, on 480 Fulton St., on the same block, in the wee hours of Sept. 15. This time, he got away with apparel, sneakers and $700 in cash. The stolen goods were worth about $5,300 in total.
No one got hurt in either incident.
Police said the suspect is approximately 5’5” and thin, and he was wearing a beige hoodie, a black hat with white writing on it, a black backpack and a black ski mask covering his face.
The case is under the jurisdiction of the 84th Precinct which overlooks Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, and Vinegar Hill.
Historically, the most common crimes in the precinct area are burglaries, robberies and grand larceny — or stealing property valued anywhere from $3,000 to $50,000. Those crimes — and crime in general — is up from last year. In the 84th Precinct, there have been about 151 burglaries and almost 500 grand larcenies reported in the last year. One murder and one rape also occurred in the last 12 months, and over 1,500 petit larcenies have been reported.
Anyone with information in regard to the 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 Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.