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The NYPD arrests a man they say broke into more than a dozen homes and stole electronics, jewelry and other valuables. They say he gained access by climbing through windows, or pushing in air conditioners. Katy Tur reports.
A prolific thief wanted for burglarizing at least 16 Hell Kitchen residences was nabbed by cops on Thursday, authorities said.
Robert Jones, 48, was arrested at his Brooklyn home where he was using a stolen laptop to list other pilfered electronics for sale online, police said. Jones broke into 16 apartments in a tight 18-block radius in Hell Kitchen, sometimes robbing the same apartment more than once, police said.
Police said Jones used many methods of entry: getting buzzed into the building by residents, scaling down fire escapes from the roof, climbing through windows, or pushing in air conditioners to get into others. In each case, he stole electronics, jewelry, and other valuables, police said.
The most recent incidents were at 407 W. 50 Street on Jan. 19 when, police say, Jones got into three separate apartments. Detectives tracked him to his home using GPS when he hailed a cab after a burglary, authorities said.