Man busted for Gramercy package thefts

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a teen last week for multiple package thefts that took place earlier this summer in various buildings throughout Gramercy.

A Stuyvesant Town Public Safety Officer told police that he saw 19-year-old Luis Navarro Murillo via video surveillance entering 390 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, when he allegedly stole two packages from the building’s lobby.

After leaving that building, police said that about five minutes later, Navarro Murillo entered 350 First Avenue, also in Peter Cooper Village, and allegedly took one package from that lobby, then left the building.

Police later confirmed that Navarro Murillo also allegedly stole a package from the lobby of 39 Gramercy Park North on Tuesday, June 4 around 6:30 p.m.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office confirmed that Navarro Murillo is not a tenant in any of the buildings that he gained access to and he did not have permission to take the packages that he allegedly removed.

Police said that Navarro Murillo gained access to at least one of the buildings in Peter Cooper Village by pressing various buzzers until a resident granted him access to the lobby. He also allegedly pretended that he was delivering food to the building on Gramercy Park North as a cover for getting inside that building to allegedly steal packages.

Police said that Navarro Murillo identified himself on surveillance footage from the Gramercy Park North building that was taken on June 4.

Navarro Murillo was caught outside 390 First Avenue at 5:06 a.m. last Tuesday after the alleged Peter Cooper thefts and police recovered the three packages that he allegedly stole from the buildings in Peter Cooper Village.

An attorney did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

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