Cops are looking for a nocturnal creature that, like most things that go bump in the night, scurries off when they’re discovered.
Area police are working on the theory that six area burglaries – many of which have happened late at night, while residents were home – is the work of one individual.
That being said, it’s a blessing that this guy doesn’t have a backbone.
Deputy Inspector John Sprague, the commanding officer of the 62nd Precinct, said that the thief has been discovered by the residents he planned to burglarize on more than one occasion and fled into the night after muttering just a few syllables.
“He’s non−confrontational,” Sprague said. “If he comes in and someone sees him, he runs right back out of the house.”
Witnesses who have seen the fearful felon describe him as a white or Hispanic male with “lots of hair.”
He reportedly speaks English and once discovered usually mutters some kind of apology before running away.
Cops in Bensonhurst believe that the thief has been breaking into homes since April 4.
In each instance, he enters the home through a back window or a kitchen window – many of which have been left closed, but unlocked, police said.
Police said that the thief entered homes on 66th Street and 19th Avenue and 73rd Street and 17th Avenue within just a few hours of each other on April 24.
In each instance, someone was inside the house. When they went to investigate, the thief had already come and gone, taking a small amount of cash and jewelry in one heist and $1,300 in another.
The thief reportedly took the weekend off and hit a home on 67th Street on Monday, April 27.
This time, however, the thief wasn’t frightened off by a witness, but by a blaring burglar alarm, officials said.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this thief’s whereabouts to come forward.
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