Burglar caught on camera dropping out of Bronx salon's ceiling

MOUNT HOPE, Bronx (WABC) -- The NYPD is searching for a serial burglar who was caught on camera dropping out of the ceiling in the Bronx.

It happened on January 2 at 12:53 a.m. inside of the Excellence Beauty Salon on Grand Concourse in the Mount Hope section.

Surveillance video shows the man gently dropping through the ceiling before climbing down on the counter.

Once he had two feet on the ground, he allegedly stole $2,500 in cash. Video shows him also attempting to steal a stereo unit, but it was too big and too heavy.

The same man is accused of previously hitting an apartment building on Christmas Eve and stealing a table saw, an air compressor and a carpentry table from a maintenance room.

Earlier, on December 22, he allegedly stole two packages from a parked USPS truck.

Police described him as a black man who is approximately 5-foot-8 with a medium build, black hair, black beard and a bowed left leg.

The owner of the salon said the suspect may have formerly worked at a nearby 99-cents store that went out of business. It is believed he used a ladder to access the roof and walk over to the salon.

Anyone with information in regards to the above incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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