NEW YORK (PIX11)—Some people on the ritzy Upper East Side appear to have forgotten they still live in New York City. Police say several of them have been robbed -- after leaving their apartment doors UNLOCKED.
There have been six robberies this month, and investigators would like the public's help to catch the suspect -- described as a black male, 40 to 45-years-old and approximately 6-foot-2-inches tall. When last scene, he was wearing a dark jacket with a white emblem on the chest and gold-rimmed glasses.
Police say the robberies occurred between April 4 and April 19, between East 63rd and East 82nd streets, with most of them taking place on East 82nd Street.
They say in all likelihood, the suspect probably gains access to the upscale buildings by pretending to be deliverymen. Once inside he's able to walk into apartments at will, robbing residents of their valuables.
Investigators say recently they caught a man suspected of robbing buildings in SoHo and the West Village, when he would ring buzzers pretending to be a deliveryman from United Parcel Service (UPS). Once in, he'd rob apartments.
Police point out the obvious: leaving doors unlocked is an open invitation to being ripped off -- even if you live in an exclusive neighborhood like the Upper East Side.
If you have any information, or recognize the man in the picture, please call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers' website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.