Astoria Cops Hunt ‘Bare-Chested’ Burglar
Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a man sought in connection with recent burglaries at three local businesses.
Cops said the suspect in the one-man crime wave first struck at about 2:30 a.m. on July 17, when he gained entrance to the Butcher Bar restaurant at 37-08 30th Ave. in Astoria where he swiped an undisclosed amount of cash from a register.
Three days later, at about 3:30 a.m. on July 20, the suspect entered the “Mister Laundree” laundromat at 32-02 34th Ave. in Long Island City through a rear window and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The thief hit again on July 21, when he slipped into a side window at the Astoria Laundry Laundromat at 28-09 24th Ave. between midnight and 5:30 a.m., police said. The suspect again made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, with a thin build. He was caught on surveillance cameras at the first two burglaries without a shirt, but was wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with an eagle during the July 21 burglary. He was wearing dark colored jeans during the burglaries, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.