Stunning moment a landlord kicks down his own front door to confront thieves as cops hunt down the gangs behind a three-month robbery spree in uptown New York City.
- A group of burglars broke into 13 homes in Brooklyn and Queens
- A brave man stepped through the front door of his own home to face them.
- The thieves managed to steal clothes, jewelry and luxury cars from other homes.
This is the amazing moment a landlord broke into his home to defend his family against a gang of burglars.
Thieves broke into 13 homes across New York City, stealing cars and luxury clothes in a three-month operation.
The video was released as police continue their search for three men associated with the burglaries.
The men targeted neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, including quiet dead ends in the upscale neighborhoods of Whitestone and Bayside.
THE New York Post reported that the men stole vehicles, including a Porsche, Mercedes and Range Rover, between June and August.
A group of thieves have targeted homes in several New York boroughs since June, seizing jewelry, clothing and cars.
According to the police, the collective worked in groups of three or four while targeting houses mainly in the suburb of Whitestone.
Crime Toppers’ most recent report, published on September 3, showed three masked men.
The group broke into the first house on June 2, near Point Crescent, but were chased away by the landlord before they could grab anything.
A victim spoke to CBS New York after the men tried to break into his house later that month.
The woman said she and her husband woke up to alerts from their Ring camera at 5 a.m. before her husband saw two men heading up the steps.
A victim spoke to CBS New York after the men attempted to break into her home later that month.
She called 911, but her husband acted on impulse, as their young children were sleeping upstairs.
“In panic mode, he just knocked through the door,” she said. At that time, she thought the men had fired into the house.
Video obtained by CBS shows shards of glass before the man rushes for the door, forcing the burglars to disperse.
The next day, a BMW sedan was seized from a house near 291st Street and 38th Avenue.
A Range Rover SUV and a Porsche disappeared from a house near Cambridge Road and Somerset Street the next day.
A Range Rover SUV and a Porsche disappeared from a house near Cambridge Road and Somerset Street the following day.
The men then took jewelry, clothes, cash and a Mercedes Benz to a house near Ridge Boulevard and 77th Street in Brooklyn.
Three of the thieves managed to break into a house near Coleridge Street and Oriental Boulevard and take items ranging from clothes to jewelry, but they also got away with a Mercedes Benz and a BMW SUV.
According to New York police, authorities have recovered the stolen BMW sedan, a Mercedes Benz sedan and a Genesis sedan. The other cars are still on the run, as are the burglars.
As police continue to search for the three men, the unpredictable nature of the thefts has raised concerns in Whitestone.
Alex Arsenis showed CBS the window used in his house break-in two years ago. He told reporters he had added extra cameras since he heard about the series of break-ins.
Another neighbour, Thomas Doherty, said: “If the situation continues to escalate, someone may be killed. Where do we operate?
Although the last known burglary took place on August 2, the police warned the public to remain vigilant.
NYPD has asked anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477 (English) or 1-888-577-4782 (Spanish).