Cops Hunt Limping Burglar
Queens detectives are searching for a burglar who “limps away” with cash and jewelry he swipes from his victims’ homes, police said.
The unidentified suspect first struck in March when he stole a $2,000 Cartier watch, a necklace and $300 from an apartment near Blossom Avenue in Flushing, police said.
Detectives recently linked the suspect to five other burglaries that occurred in May and June in the 108, 110, 112 and 115 Precincts, dubbing the heists an official crime pattern, police said.
Cops said when the suspect struck the last time on June 14, he did so with a “thud and a shuffle,” – a clear indication he is walking with a cane.
“This guy walks in and out of buildings and is never suspected, because people don’t suspect someone with a cane just pulled off a burglary,” law enforcement sources said.
The suspect struck for a second time on May 3, when he stole cash and jewelry from a residence at 78-36 46th Avenue in Elmhurst, police said.
The next day, he headed to Forest Hills and stole cash and jewelry from a home at 110-55 72nd Road, police said.
The man strudk again in mid-June, burglarizing homes at 42-00 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside and 68-12 37th Road in Woodside where he grabbed cash and jewelry, police said.
The suspect was captured on surveillance video on June 14, when he burglarized a residence at 92-11 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights where he got away with $90 cash and a $400 necklace, police said.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male who walks with a limp and uses a cane, police said. He was wearing a multi-colored shirt, beige slacks and black shoes at the time of the June 14 break-in, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.