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Serial robber bags cash, office supplies from houses of worship in Williamsburg: NYPD

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Wanted: Police are looking for this man who they say has robbed four Williamsburg houses of worship in February and March.

Police are trying to find a purloiner who they say filched four houses of worship in Williamsburg in February and March.

The man allegedly robbed a total of $1,250 and $250 worth of office supplies from three synagogues and one church, two on Feb. 9 and another two on March 12, according to the authorities.

Police released surveillance camera footage from the thief’s most recent port of call — a Synagogue on South Ninth Street at Driggs Avenue — which shows the baddie, who is described as being between 30 and 40 years old. The suspect was last seen wearing a black cap, black jacket, grey hooded shirt, blue jeans and tan shoes.

The alleged thief entered the location through an unsecured elevator and took some $400 and office supplies before making a run for it at 7:50 p.m., according to cops.

He allegedly started his spree the month before when he stole $250 from a Lee Avenue Synagogue’s donation box after entering the building through an unsecured front door at Taylor Street at 2:30 a.m., police said.

That same day, he allegedly snuck into a Hooper Street church through an unsecured rear window at Marcy Avenue and took some $250 worth of office supplies, at 4 p.m., according to authorities.

The suspect collected his third bounty at a Bedford Avenue Synagogue at Division Avenue on March 12, when he allegedly stole $600 and office supplies before fleeing at 2:50 p.m., police said.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @ NYPDTips.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 1:01 pm, April 15, 2019
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