Suspect arrested for Peter Cooper Village burglaries

Peter Cooper Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing packages and bikes in Peter Cooper Village buildings on various days in April.

In one of the most recent incidents, James Curry, 55 allegedly took a bike from inside 370 First Avenue on Monday, April 23 around 3 p.m. The victim told police that he left his bike in the hallway of the building and when he returned, it was missing. Police said that a man could be seen on surveillance video removing the bike, and Curry reportedly identified himself on the video.

The first incident took place on Monday, April 2 sometime between 1 and 10:30 p.m. inside 431 East 20th Street when Curry allegedly stole packages containing knee-high suede boots as well as energy drinks belonging to two different residents.

Both victims told police that they had the items delivered to the building but never received the packages. A porter for the building also told police that he found empty boxes for both the boots and the energy drinks and that someone had taken the items without permission.

Curry allegedly identified himself in a photo still from surveillance video taken in the East 20th Street building around 10:40 p.m. in which a man could be seen leaving with items. Curry confirmed that he does not live there. Police said that he also admitted to stealing packages from the building.

Police said that Curry also allegedly stole tools that had been left inside 3 Peter Cooper Road. Surveillance video from the building reportedly showed a man inside on April 23 around 3:30 p.m. taking items out of a shopping cart, and police said Curry admitted it was him. He also told police that he had sold the tools.

A representative from StuyTown Property Services did not respond to a request for comment and no further information was available about how Curry gained access to the buildings.

Curry was arrested for the alleged burglaries inside the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:50 a.m. and was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

An attorney for Curry could not be reached for comment.

3 thoughts on “Suspect arrested for Peter Cooper Village burglaries

  1. Yet we continue to believe that there is an increase in security? Crime here has gotten out of control here, and that falls on Rick and Frances, who have completely taken away any semblance of safety in this place.

    How about we let the guards do some actual patrolling, instead of the new policy of ass-kissing the tenants!

  2. Delivery people still leave large boxes in the lobby (and sometimes not such large boxes). I saw one yesterday that was for a very elderly lady in my building. The porter helped me get it up to her apartment. The delivery person could at least have let the old lady know (she has an attendance) that the parcel was being left in the lobby.

    I though Management had warned delivery people not to leave deliveries in the lobby or risk having their key card entry cancelled. Didn’t seem to faze a lot of them! UPS is the only company that actually delivers to the door. FedEx is “iffy.” They tend to deliver to wrong buildings!

    • As big as Blackstone is, Amazon is 100x bigger. You think they care what our management company has to say about packages being left in the lobby?

      It’s all about time for them, and the fact that we don’t have doormen makes this a very hard property for them to maneuver within their given time constraints. They would rather deal with the replacement of a stolen package then their delivery times being thrown off by delivering to each door here. Especially now with the students moving in and things probably getting out of hand.

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