A burglary suspect didn’t realize that what he was stealing could help put him behind bars after he took a camera from an East Village apartment last week.
The suspect entered the empty apartment on East 14th Street and Avenue A just after 1:30 p.m. on July 22 by picking the lock, according to police. He then took an iPad 4, Canary security system, and other electronics and accessories with a combined value of $964.
Police say that the suspect — described as a Hispanic man who was wearing a blue baseball cap, a striped polo shirt, gray cargo shorts and black sneakers — was caught on camera during the burglary with the victim’s Canary security system.
That camera, the same one that he is accused of stealing, was able to capture a clear image of the man as he walks around the apartment, cutting off when he grabs the device.
Anyone with information should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website.