Queens burglary suspect caught in clear surveillance photo

Tim Fleischer reports
March 5, 2014 1:55:08 PM PST
Police are searching for a serial burglary suspect in Queens, and they are hoping a very clear picture will lead to an arrest.

Authorities say the man has broken into at least 10 homes since January 6, most of them located in Ozone Park.

The suspect breaks in through windows or rear doors before stealing personal property, and he may have an accomplice.

"It was in the basement, the basement and first floor. Tried to get into my house, but he couldn't because the door was locked," said Thomas Acosta, the neighbor of a victim.

In most all the cases money, jewelry, laptops or iPads are stolen.

Sometimes the burglar would hit two houses on the same street, sometimes two different houses the same day.

The most recent incident happened between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on February 10 at a home on 77th Street.

The photo comes from the second incident, which took place between 11:30 a.m. And 2 p.m. on 78th Street. In that case, the suspect fled without removing any items.

"It's a problem because there is a lot of opportunity for that to happen," said area resident Dorothea Colligan.

The problem she speaks of is also in Astoria, where a much larger number of burglaries is disturbing to residents.

"You check your windows, but just looking around, look at the fire escapes, make it easier for them in some ways," said resident John Colligan.

Again in a confined area from 35th Street to 49th Street and 30th Avenue to 34th Avenue, there have been 39 burglaries, police reveal, since November of last year.

During daylight hours access is gained through open windows.

Police also previously released video of a burglar in a private home in January.

Not a victim this time, Anthony Brusic had a previous break-in.

('What did they steal from you?') "TV and other things," he said. "Camera, money, everything, whatever they got."

And now others, just learning of the burglaries, are taking precautions.

"I'm definitely going to lock the windows and make sure they're locked and check everything twice because we have a 5-year old. Thanks for the heads-up on it," said area resident Mike Stoko.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).