Cops hunt for cane-wielding petroleum jelly-smearing burglar

Cops say a man robbed 14 apartments, smearing peepholes with petroleum jelly.

Cops are looking for a burglar they said wipes petroleum jelly over peepholes while thieving.


Police sent out an alert last night, saying they are looking for a man wanted in a string of at least 14 burglaries in Manhattan neighborhoods like Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood.


The suspect covers all apartment door peepholes in jelly, apparently to obscure any view of him, according to the NYPD.


Most recently, the robber tried to burgle four different apartments March 8, cops said.


Police said he stole a laptop and clothing from an apartment on Fairview Avenue, a carton of Marlboro cigarettes from a Cabrini Boulevard apartment, and an iPod and bicentennial coins from another Cabrini Boulevard home.

The suspect also tried to force a door open that day on West 187th Street, but was unsuccessful, cops said.

The suspect is described as male, 50 to 60 with a dark complexion, close cut hair, clean-shaven and carrying a cane. He was spotted in a Yankees baseball cap and dark glasses.

The robber has targeted apartments on streets like Riverside Drive and Seaman Avenue, usually breaking in through an apartment door or and takes things like laptops, jewelry and money.

Some of the robberies were at night, but others were in broad daylight, like a Dec. 30 robbery on Fort Washington Avenue at 3:30 p.m., when two Apple laptops and a hard drive were stolen, or another Feb. 13 when the suspect tried to enter an apartment on Riverside Drive at about 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information should call 800-577-TIPS.

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