By Dan Gesslein
May 24, 2023
At around 3 pm on April 27, a masked man entered a residential home through a side windowin the vicinity of 192 Street and Station Road. Once inside the thief unplugged the WiFi router. Then he rumaged through the apartment taking cash, jewelry and handbags.
Cops said the total value of the items taken his about $16,000.
The next burglary happened two days later. At around noon on April 27, the thief slipped into the house through a side window. The home was in the vicinity of 192 Street and 53 Avenue.
Once inside the home, the thief unplugged the WiFi router and removed $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry. He then slipped out of the house and headed northbound on 192 Street.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect. He was last seen wearing a blue and white hoodie, green camouflage pants and orange gloves.
Investigators gave few details on the thief’s motives but he may have disconnected the WiFi routers in the belief he was disabling a wireless home alarm system.
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