Serial Fire Escape Burglar Sought in Manhattan

Sunday, Apr 7, 2013  |  Updated 11:47 AM EDT
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Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect climbing down from a fire escape after one of the break-ins.

Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect climbing down from a fire escape after one of the break-ins.

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Police Warn of Washington Heights Fire Escape Burglar

Police are warning residents in upper Manhattan to lock their windows. A burglar is preying on victims who leave their windows open. The thief has struck four times in one night at three buildings along 180th Street in Washington Heights. Checkey Beckford reports.
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Police are looking for the robber who allegedly shimmied up fire escapes and broke into four Washington Heights homes over a two-day period in March, authorities say.

In each case, the suspect gained access to the fire escapes from a rear alley shared by several buildings on 180th Street. 

The suspect climbed up the fire escapes and then broke into the apartments either through a bedroom window, a living room window or another entry point, and stole property from all but one of the four homes.

Police say all the robberies happened between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 12:40 a.m. on March 15 and March 16.

Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect climbing down from a fire escape after one of the break-ins. 

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

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