2015-11-04 / Features

Hunt Suspect In LIC Construction Site Robs

By Liz Goff
Police are asking the public for help in capturing a serial thief who has stolen more than $15,000 in tools and electronic devices from four Long Island City construction sites since last June.

Cops said the thief first struck at a construction site on 32nd Street and 38th Avenue at about 5:45 p.m. on June 24, where he smashed through a wall, broke into a locked storage box and made off with about $1,600 in power tools.

The same suspect struck again on the same block, a day later, police said. The thief broke into the construction site at about 10 a.m. on June 25, where he stole an air conditioner and a portable power supply worth a combined $7,600, police said.

The same man struck a construction site on 29th Street near 40th Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. on July 10th, where he swiped $2,100 in power drills and saws, police said.

He struck again at about 10:30 p.m. on July 16, when he broke through a rear window of a building on Northern Boulevard near 40th Road and swiped an assortment of tools worth $4,150, police said.

The brazen thief was captured on surveillance video on July 16, loading the tools into the back of a four-door sedan with some help from a getaway driver, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30-years-old, with a slim build. He was wearing a dark-colored tracksuit with while lines on the sleeves during at least two of the heists, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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