Jan. 16, 2020 Staff Report
A thief snuck into two Sunnyside Gardens homes Tuesday and took valuables and cash while the victims were home.
The thief broke into the two houses on 45th Street near Skillman Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. and rummaged through the victims’ belongings before leaving each time with valuables. The victims were both females who were at home alone.
The suspect, believed to be a man in his 60s, broke into the first house and made his way into the victim’s bedroom. From there, he went through the homeowner’s belongings and then fled with her purse, according to police.
He then snuck into a different house on 45th Street, gaining access through the back window. The suspect took jewelry, cash and other valuables while the female victim was home.
The suspect then went to another house on the block but the homeowner was alerted to him by her dog. The suspect was seen stashing his items on nearby property.
“The police are taking this very seriously,” one of the victim’s said. “This took place while we were both at home by our selves.”
A 45th Street homeowner captured footage of the suspect. One of the victim’s recognized the items the man was carrying.
Note: This is an update of an earlier story today about a 45th Street burglary involving a purse.