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$20K in antique books stolen from Upper East Side: Police

The suspect allegedly escaped with the books in a briefcase.

Police are looking for a man who they say shoplifted two antique books from an Upper East Side shop earlier this year.

The books, valued at around$20,000, were taken from a display shelf at PRPH Books — a rare books and art gallery at 26 E. 64th St., police said.

The suspect walked into the gallery at about 3 p.m. on April 16 and swiped the books from the display before placing them inside a “soft briefcase” he was carrying, police said. He then exited the shop.

Police describe the man as bald and last seen wearing a gray dress shirt, red pants and black shoes.

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