Crime

NYPD Searching For Man With 18 Counts Of Grand Larceny

| by Alexander Rubinstein

The New York Police Department identified a suspect on Monday who they believe stole mail in three city boroughs and cashed money orders after using a chemical agent to remove the names.

Gilroy Pacheco, 23, is wanted by police in connection with thefts from at least 18 different people, reported NBC New York.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 2, 2014, and May 4 of this year. The first incident took place in East Harlem in Manhattan, and the most recent in West Bronx. Another occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, according to CBS New York.

In every case, the suspect allegedly took mail from the mailbox and used chemical agents to remove the name of the payee on the checks. He then used either his own name or someone else's to cash the checks, notes CBS New York.

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Reports have come out of the suspect’s crimes in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, though the majority have taken place in the Bronx, according to Pix11.

Police have shared two photos of Pacheco that they have taken from his social media accounts.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce posted a tweet containing a picture with four images of Pacheco, at least two of which were taken from his social media pages. The picture also included information regarding the effort to find him.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information regarding the case, paid upon the arrest and indictment of Pacheco.

The picture says that Pacheco is wanted for multiple counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument, and forgery by means of altering money orders recovered from mailboxes.

Boyce’s post also alleges that Pacheco recruits people through social media and asks them to use their bank accounts to deposit the stolen money orders. He then withdraws the funds and pays the accomplices money for depositing the stolen money orders.

The NYPD is urging anyone with information regarding Pacheco’s whereabouts to call crime stoppers, submit their tips onto the crime stoppers website, or text their tips to the police.

Sources: NBC New York, New York CBS Local, Pix11, Twitter, ABC7NY / Photo Credit: NYPD