The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance finding a man suspected of a breaking in and stealing from an apartment near Argyle Road last Monday morning.
The perpetrator scaled the fire escape and entered an apartment through its open window, near Argyle and Dorchester Roads on July 18 at 9am, according to police reports. Finding the apartment empty, he stole the 30-year-old male victim’s jewelry, credit cards and about $1,300 in cash.
The suspect shown below sauntered casually out of the building via the main entrance, in broad daylight — as evidenced by police video surveillance footage.
The suspect is described as a black man last seen wearing a blue and white striped shirt, blue jeans, a dark colored baseball cap and sunglasses.
This crime is categorized as a burglary because the perpetrator illegally broke-in to the apartment and committed theft. Breaking-in has a broad definition — it doesn’t have to mean broken locks or glass, but can mean simply opening a door or window to enter, according to this criminal defense website. The man who lived in the apartment was not home, so the case is not a robbery, which always involves using force or threat.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.