By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police have arrested a man who managed to get into two buildings in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village last Monday.
Gregory Dickson, 35, was charged with burglary for an incident inside 510 East 20th Street at 5:36 p.m. and a theft earlier that day at 1:25 p.m. inside 8 Peter Cooper Road.
A resident of 510 East 20th Street told police that he had left his apartment for a few minutes that Monday evening and when he returned around 4:45 p.m., Dickson was inside. Police said that the victim saw Dickson wearing his gold chain and holding a pair of his Beats headphones and walking toward the exit as if to leave the apartment. He was also charged with theft and criminal trespass in connection with this incident.
Dickson has also been charged with petit larceny after he was seen on surveillance video, allegedly stealing a bag that was inside the Peter Cooper Road building. A maintenance worker had left his bike with his tool bag inside the vestibule early that afternoon while he was doing work in an apartment inside the building, and police said that Dickson was seen on surveillance video, stealing the bag.
Police said that Dickson has over 20 previous arrests, including for drugs and skipping subway fares, with his second most recent charge a “dine and ditch” at a Harlem Applebee’s.
The people requested $50,000 bail and the judge set it at $5,000 cash or bond. Dickson’s next court appearance is on May 5.
No information was available about how Dickson got into the building at 510 East 20th Street, or how he got into the apartment. Building access to non-residents is frequently addressed as a safety concern in T&V’s letters to the editor; most recently, four young adults were arrested in March for trespassing in a Stuyvesant Town building. Police had reported that the group of kids waited for a tenant to leave to gain access to the building.
CWCapital declined to comment on this specific incident or on the frequency of the trespassing incidents.