After years of steady decline, statistics reveal burglary complaints on the Upper East Side are now on the rise, according to the NY Sun. Police suspect the rise can be attributed to work of a career thief, who was arrested last month after hitting the neighborhood multiple times this year.
"A narcotics detective arrested the suspect, Keith Brown, on March 30. At the time, Brown, who is homeless, was carrying a bag that held five screwdrivers, a hammer, and several pairs of gloves, according to court documents. In an ensuing investigation, detectives tied Brown, 43, to a number of burglaries and robberies on the Upper East Side. Brown was caught on surveillance tape allegedly breaking a window at a sandwich shop on Lexington Avenue near 75th Street, Starwich, and stealing about $200 from a cash register at about 5:30 a.m...
Two days later, Brown allegedly attempted to rob a newsstand on the corner of East 68th Street and Third Avenue but was confronted and dropped the cash box, according to court documents.
In the last incident for which Brown faces charges, which took place March 26, he allegedly broke a window in order to gain entrance to a restaurant on 73rd Street and Lexington Avenue at about 4:50 a.m. Once inside, he allegedly threatened a porter with a handgun and asked him to hand over cash from the register, according to officials and court documents.
The article goes on to say that overall crime in the precinct is down by 10% compared to last year.