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Burglar hits 12 Manhattan restaurants in 12 days

Posted: 6:30 PM, Dec 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-03 21:01:41-05

MANHATTAN — A man broke into and burglarized 12 Manhattan restaurants in 12 days, police said.

He broke into one of the establishments twice, officials said. The man burglarized the restaurants from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.

The latest heist took place on Perry Street on Sunday at the Left Bank Diner. Surveillance video shows the suspect as he kicks in a front door window in the middle of the night while the place is closed.

He took a tablet and a bottle of liquor. The man broke the cash register where he found $200.

“It’s kind of scary because one of my guys is here at that time and he might've ran into him,” said Javier Guzman, the chef at the eatery.

Before that incident, the burglar broke into Bocca di Bacco on Ninth Avenue twice in one week, officials said. He left with nothing the first time, but he took an iPad the second time.

"This person is very wild. Because how can someone break this? We have two locks,” said Julia Santillan, a restaurant worker.

Bocca di Bacco is just across the street from the suspect’s alleged first heist location: Milk & Hops Bar.

Police said the suspect hit five restaurants in just one day on Nov. 21.

They hope to catch him before he strikes again.

So far the man has gotten away with about $2,000 in cash and a lot of electronics.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com , downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).