By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police busted a man for multiple burglaries after catching him trespassing in a residential building on West 26th Street last Saturday morning. Police said that they found Alan Panzano, 30, inside the stairwell near the 30th floor inside 55 West 26th Street at 6:07 a.m. last Saturday, reportedly with a backpack full of various keys and other tools commonly used for lock-picking.
Panzano allegedly told the officer who busted him that he was in the building to visit a friend named “Shawn White” who lives in “apartment 22C” but the superintendent told police there is no person named Shawn White who lives in the building and the building doesn’t have an apartment 22C. When he was arrested, Panzano was allegedly in possession of a stolen wallet with a gift card still inside. Police reportedly recovered 45 different keys, lock cylinders, latex gloves, assorted screwdrivers, wires with hooks at the ends, drills bits and WD40, all of which police said are commonly used to break into apartments.
According to the District Attorney’s office, a resident of 55 West 26th Street discovered that his wallet was missing from his apartment around 12:30 p.m. on May 21, and also noticed that his computer had been unplugged. He told police that his wallet contained a credit card, a debit card, a $60 Visa gift card and $60 in cash. Police said that surveillance video showed Panzano entering and leaving the West 26th Street building on that day.