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Police are searching for a man who stole more than $40,000 worth of jewelry in a series of apartment building burglaries across Kew Gardens.

The first break-in was reported to police on Thursday, May 18, when an unknown male entered an apartment building in the vicinity of Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue at 6 a.m. He used an unknown object to break into an apartment and took jewelry from the residence.

Law enforcement sources said the second burglary occurred on Monday, May 29. At 6:30 a.m. that day, the suspect entered a building in vicinity of Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue, used an unknown object to break into an apartment and took $40,000 worth of jewelry.

Three more burglaries took place on Monday, June 5, authorities said. At 7:45 a.m. that morning, the suspect went into a building in the vicinity of 115 Street and 84 Avenue. After using an unknown object to break into an apartment, the suspect took $500 in Canadian currency, a pair of sunglasses and a watch.

Later that morning, at 11:15 a.m., the suspect entered another building within the vicinity of 83 Avenue and Kew Gardens Road, used an unknown object to enter an apartment and took $5,500 worth of jewelry.

Finally, at 3:30 p.m. that same day, the suspect went into a building that is in the vicinity of 118 Street and 83 Avenue. He used an unknown object to break into an apartment and took $1,500 worth of jewelry.

The suspect is described as a black male with a medium complexion and aged 25- to 35-years-old.

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Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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