By Bill Parry
Police were searching for a thief who broke into a Baptist Church in Corona, and stole musical instruments valued around $2,300 according to the NYPD.
The suspect was caught on surveillance video around 2 a.m. Tuesday brazenly entering a side door of Canaan Baptist Church, located at 35-24 108th St., wearing a bright yellow jacket while smoking a cigarette.
The man immediately stares right into the security camera and, undeterred, he searched the church for valuables, finding two electric guitars and a bass behind a chair, according to authorities. The suspect put the instruments in two black trash bags and fled the location in an unknown direction, police said.
The suspect is described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old and was last seen wearing the yellow jacket and jeans, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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