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NYC Package Thief Wearing Fresh Direct Coat Posed as Bogus Deliveryman: Cops

At least three Upper West Side apartment buildings have been hit by the faux deliveryman

What to Know

  • A man wearing a Fresh Direct coat has stolen packages from at least three Upper West Side apartment buildings, the NYPD says
  • Police say the man also wheeled away a bicycle from one of the buildings
  • It wasn’t clear what was inside the packages that were stolen or whether the buildings were targeted

A man wearing a Fresh Direct coat and posing as a deliveryman is being sought by police after going around several Manhattan apartment buildings and swiping packages from lobbies, the NYPD says.

The fake deliveryman’s spree began back in January when he followed somebody into an Upper West Side apartment building wearing a Fresh Direct coat, scooped up a package and fled, police said.

A few days later, officials said, he snuck around the backside of another Upper West Side apartment building, slipped through a rear door, swooped another package from a tenant and ran away. He was wearing the same Fresh Direct coat.

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Police released surveillance footage of the man in the Fresh Direct coat.

About two weeks later, again wearing the same jacket and posing as a deliveryman, he rang the doorbells at a third Upper West Side apartment building and was let inside by somebody who lived there, authorities said. Cops say he then stole a package and a bike and rode off.

The 40-something-year-old man is seen on surveillance video released by the NYPD ringing the bell outside a building wearing the Fresh Direct jacket before he is seen wheeling away a red bicycle. It wasn’t clear what was inside the packages that were stolen or whether the buildings were targeted.

Witnesses are urged to call Crime Stoppers with tips.

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