Let's Catch This Creep: Vaseline Bandit Apparently Never Saw Home Alone

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NYPD
If you know this guy, call the cops.
The New York Police Department needs your help in tracking down a man authorities say is responsible for at least 14 burglaries in Manhattan over the past six months.

Like an idiot, the suspect left a calling card -- in each burglary, he rubbed Vaseline over the peephole of the apartment door.

The idea, police presume, is to obstruct the view of the person looking out of a peephole. It's also a great way to let cops know exactly which burglaries you've committed -- just like the bumbling "Wet Bandits" in Home Alone.

Most of the burglaries happened in Washington and Hamilton Heights. In most cases, the suspect broke into an apartment and stole jewelery and electronics.

Below is a description of each of the 14 burglaries cops say the suspect has committed between September 4, and March 8.

#1  On Sunday, September 4, 2011 between the hours of 2355 and 0030 the next day, the suspect entered an apartment located on Riverside Drive through a window and removed a portable DVD player.

 #2  On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at approx. 1730 hours, the suspect entered an apartment located on Riverside Drive by pushing apartment door open and removed an undetermined amount of jewelry.

#3  On Friday, September 30, 2011 between 0800 and 1830 hours, the suspect entered an apartment located on Riverside Drive by pushing the apartment door open where he removed a laptop and a cellphone.

#4  On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at approx. 2000 hours, the suspect entered an apartment located on Seaman Ave by pushing the apartment door open and removed a laptop, jewelry and a backpack for laptop.

#5  On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at approx. 2000 hours, the suspect entered an apartment also located on Seaman Ave by pushing the apartment door open and removed a television, clothing and money.

#6  On Friday, December 30, 2011 at approx. 1530 hours, the suspect entered an apartment located at Fort Washington Ave by breaking locks on apartment door and removed two Apple laptops and one Apple back up hard drive.

#7  On Thursday, February 2, 2012 at approx. 1600 hours, the suspect entered an apartment located on Cooper St by breaking door locks.  Nothing was removed from this location.

#8  On Monday, February 13, 2012 at approximately 1630 hours, the suspect made an attempt to enter an apartment located on Riverside Dr by trying to force door open and was unsuccessful.

#9  On Monday, February 13, 2012 between the hours of 0745 and 1820, the suspect entered an apartment located on Riverside Drive by forcing apt. door open and removed jewelry and money.

#10 On Monday, February 13, 2012 between the hours of 1245 and 2100, the suspect entered an apartment located on Thayer St by forcing apt door open and removed jewelry, a laptop and an I-Pod.

#11 On Thursday, March 8, 2012 between the hours of 0700 and 2020, the suspect entered an apartment located on Fairview Ave by forcing apt door open and removed a laptop and clothing.

#12 On Thursday, March 8, 2012 between the hours of 0800 and 1500 the suspect entered an apartment located on Cabrini Boulevard by forcing open the apartment door and removed a carton of Marlboro cigarettes.

#13 On Thursday, March 8, 2012 between the hours of 1000 and 1545 the suspect entered an apartment located on Cabrini Boulevard by forcing open the apartment door and removed an I-Pod and bicentennial coins.

#14 On Thursday, March 8, 2012 at approx. 1400 hours, the suspect attempted to enter an apartment located at W 187th St by forcing front door open but was unsuccessful.

The suspect's described as a Hispanic male between 50 and 60 years old. He has a dark complexion and often wears a Yankees hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. You can also leave tips on the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

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