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 theburglarywith 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.