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Burglar Got Hungry In Lic, Astoria

Acquired Dough From Local Restaurants

Police continue to seek the man behind a recent burglary series at eateries in Long Island City and Astoria.

The suspect wanted for burglaries in Astoria and Long Island City.

Each of the break-ins occurred during early morning hours between June 11 and July 4, with the perpetrator entering through either a front door or window. In most incidents, authorities said, the crook took cash from the register and electronic items.

Reportedly, the first incident occurred at 4 a.m. on June 11, when the burglar visited Andres Pizza at 25-19 40th Ave. in Astoria and broke through the glass front door. Once inside, police said, he removed $20 from the register, then fled in an unknown direction.

Eleven days later, authorities said, the perpetrator smashed through the front glass door of Manducatis Restaurant, located at 46-33 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, between 1 and 8 a.m. on June 22. He reportedly removed two iPads, two iPad mini devices and $700 in cash.

Then, between 2 and 7:30 a.m. on June 25, the crook reportedly broke through the front window of Woodbines Restaurant, located at 47- 10 Vernon Blvd. According to law enforcement sources, he removed a Samsung Galaxy 10 electronic tablet and $100 in currency.

Police said the burglar then struck the Seattle Café located at 32-02 Queens Blvd. sometime on the weekend between June 27 and June 30. Reportedly, the thief broke the front glass door and removed $850 in cash from two registers.

Finally, the bandit burglarized the LIC Bar located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. at 4:22 a.m. on July 4, but left empty-handed.

The first incident was reported to the 114th Precinct, and the other cases were handled by the 108th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800- 577-TIPS, by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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