By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for eight burglaries between last November and this April in a number of different buildings.
Alphonso Williamson, 54, was arrested last Wednesday at 4:19 p.m. after a police officer saw him allegedly trespassing in a building on West 21st Street. A custodian in the building told police that Williamson did not have permission to be on the fourth floor where the officer spotted him.
A number of the burglaries were in residential buildings but specific information about the locations was not available for all of the incidents, although all except one, which occurred in Midtown South, happened within the 13th Precinct.
The first incident took place on November 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in a building on West 27th Street. Police said that Williamson could be seen on surveillance video entering a part of the building where he didn’t have permission to be, where he allegedly took an Apple computer.
According to the District Attorney’s office, Williamson entered an apartment in a building on East 25th Street on January 6 at 11:57 a.m. and took a coat from a closet. Williamson was unsuccessful in this burglary attempt, however, because he was interrupted by a custodian in the building. Once the custodian spotted him, Williamson reportedly put the coat down and left the apartment.
Williamson could allegedly be seen on surveillance video jumping over a fence behind an apartment building on East 25th Street on January 28 at 6 p.m. Police said that he left the building shortly after through the front door and with several jackets. A custodian for the building told police that an apartment window had been pushed open and a building resident found that two laptops, an iWatch and several jackets were missing.
The DA’s office said that Williamson could be seen on surveillance video exiting a building on West 25th Street on February 4 at 12:30 p.m. and was carrying a computer partially concealed underneath his arm. Police said that a custodian in the building discovered that an Apple computer was missing shortly after Williamson was seen there.
Police said that Williamson also took three computers from a building on West 26th Street in an 11th floor office on the evening of February 10. A custodian for the company told police that Williamson didn’t have permission to be in the office.
Williamson allegedly stole another computer from a building on West 27th Street on February 21 around 4 p.m. Police said that he could be seen on video in a location where he didn’t have permission to be and it was later discovered that an Apple computer and $2,100 in cash had been taken.
Police said that Williamson entered the third floor of a building on West 17th Street on March 29 at 9 p.m. and reportedly left shortly after carrying numerous items. A custodian told the DA’s office that five Apple computers were discovered missing after Williamson had been seen there.
The DA’s office said that the final burglary of Williamson’s alleged spree took place in Midtown South in a building on West 35th Street. Police said that he could be seen on surveillance video on April 9 around 5 p.m. carrying property out of the building in a bag. Three Apple computers were missing from the building after Williamson had been spotted there.
Williamson’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.