A thief, who targeted women’s underwear, was caught on camera repeatedly searching through dryers in a New York City apartment building’s laundry room. The unidentified individual was captured on surveillance cameras visiting the same apartment complex on East 64th Street in Manhattan on at least two occasions this month.
In the footage, the man can be seen entering the building’s laundry room on September 5, opening an active dryer, and sifting through its contents. He carefully selected around a dozen pairs of panties and placed them in a black bag before moving on to another dryer.
The theft was only discovered when a female tenant returned to retrieve her laundry and noticed that almost all of her underwear had disappeared. She informed the building’s superintendent, and they reviewed the security camera footage. The woman added that the man was not a resident of the building but did not appear to be physically threatening, describing him as “extremely creepy” for stealing only underwear.
When the same man reappeared on September 20, he was immediately spotted by the building’s maintenance worker. Surveillance footage shows the maintenance worker and superintendent waiting to confront the panty thief as he left the laundry room and subsequently chased him out of the building. Another individual walking his dog attempted, unsuccessfully, to grab the thief’s backpack before he escaped, as shown in the footage.