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Burglar hits 21 stores across North, Central Brooklyn, Queens

May 7, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Nowadays, masks are worn for protection from the coronavirus. Recently, a criminal has taken advantage of the current situation to wear a mask to prevent himself from being identified.

A man seen wearing a large white mask and white gloves has been connected to a pattern of burglaries across North Brooklyn, Central Brooklyn and into Southern Queens. According to the NYPD, he has hit 21 establishments in an area stretching from Greenpoint and Williamsburg into Bushwick and Bed-Stuy and north into Ridgewood and Glendale, Queens.

The man has been seen wearing a large white mask and white gloves. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

The burglaries occurred between March 17 and May 3. His method, police said, is consistent — he throws a brick into a glass window or door or damages a lock. Once inside, he removes valuables. He has taken liquor, jewelry, electronics, cigarettes and approximately $4,280 in cash, police said. The thief is described as a light-skinned male, approximately 5’8” and last seen wearing a gray hooded jacket, red pants, black sneakers, white gloves and a white mask. Video and photos of the man were recently released. The video is available below.

Anyone with information about his identity 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 or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

A surveillance video of the suspect. Video courtesy of the NYPD

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