Police have arrested the man they say has been smearing petroleum jelly on peepholes as he burglarizes apartments.
Luis Gonzalez, 40, is alleged to have struck numerous apartments in Washington Heights and Inwood between September 2011 and March of this year.
Gonzalez, of the Bronx, is charged with burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
Some reports said the burglar dabs petroleum jelly on the peepholes of the apartments surrounding the one he is targeting, so that no one can look out and identify him as he breaks in with a crowbar.
But police said in some cases there was jelly on the burglarized apartment doors.
DVD players, jewelry, laptops, cell phones, televisions, iPads, iPods, collectible coins and a carton of Marlboro cigarettes were stolen in the burglaries.
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