Police Watch: Copper wire thief on the loose, Arrest for package thefts in PCV

Copper wire thief

Copper wire thief

Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for stealing $900 worth of copper wire.
On Wednesday, September 30, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man broke through a deadbolt lock and gained access to the roof of 110 West 14th Street. Once on the roof, the suspect removed twenty pounds of copper wire and two copper grounding plates from a Verizon cellular tower at the location. The suspect, who was last seen wearing a white hard hat, a dark Nike t-shirt with a bright-color swoosh, tan pants and white footwear, fled the scene.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Town & Village reported last week that a man was apprehended by security for allegedly swiping packages in Peter Cooper, thanks to an eagle-eyed resident.
Police have since identified the suspect as 47-year-old Jose Gonzalez who has been arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. inside 420 East 23rd Street.
A Stuy Town security officer said that multiple tenants had told him that an unknown man had been going through delivery packages on multiple floors in the building, removing items from the packages and putting them into a red bag that he was carrying. Security arrived at the building and stopped Gonzalez in the corridor of 420 East 23rd.
Gonzalez allegedly told security that he entered the building behind someone after the door had been opened, and he said that he was there to “hook up” with a man named Angel who was in apartment 8A. Upon further investigation, police found that there wasn’t anybody by that name in that apartment and no one was in that apartment at all at that time.
Police said that there were items in Gonzalez’s red bag that were still in packaging and were addressed to people who lived inside the building. Two of the items had the address of that building and the owners were present to validate that they had ordered and not received the items. Police said that there were three items in Gonzalez’s bag from J. Crew that he said did not belong to him. Open boxes were recovered by security on the 13th and seventh floors. Gonzalez was also charged with burglary.

Eighteen-year-olds Louis Morrison and Angel Nunez were arrested for grand larceny at 274 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:35 a.m. Stuy Town security saw Morrison and Nunez on surveillance tape walking on the street and allegedly removed small items from the victim’s pants pockets. Security officers confronted the teens and called 911, and police said that a wallet with credit cards and a cell phone were found on the suspects.

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