Many of you have recently contacted me concerning reports in the media about burglaries "in the Gramercy Park area."
The NYPD is looking for a man who has broken into six apartments in the neighborhood during the past three months, and recently tried to break into two more.
According to police, the thief often enters homes through unlocked rear windows. Items that have been stolen include laptops, jewelry, a purse and even a bicycle.
While several of these burglaries have occurred around 18th Street, some have recently occurred on Gramercy Park. One was reported to us a few days ago by a gentleman whose bike was stolen from in front of 34 Gramercy Park East. Below is an excerpt from his e-mail:
"A close friend of mine lives in 36 Gramercy Park East and I frequent that location quite often. Last Wednesday I was victim of theft in front of 34 Gramercy Park E. My bike was locked in front of this building (directly where it was possible the doorman could have seen if anyone was standing in front of the building). Between the hours of 5:30PM and 9:30PM someone broke my bike lock and removed my bike. I've given up hopes of recovering my bike, however I'm curious if I could find evidence of the theft so I may file a police report. The doorman at 34 told me that no cameras exist in direct view of this building. Is there any available information on this?"
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).