Thieves pulled off a Hollywood-style heist on the Lower East Side, busting through a basement wall to steal $20,000 from a real estate office, officials said.
A pair of crooks broke the padlock on a cellar door in a building next to the offices of Lucky’s Real Estate on Orchard Street near East Houston Street, according to the New York Daily News, then smashed through the basement wall to get next door.
Once inside, the pried open the landlord’s safe and made off with their bounty, which included an expensive bracelet and $20,000 in cash.
Cops on Saturday released video surveillance footage of the Aug. 18 heist. Police described the suspects as two men in their 30s, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds.
Lucky’s Real Estate, run by Lucky Conti, owns eight buildings mostly on the Lower East Side with a little more than 110 units among them, according to Reonomy. [NYDN] – Rich Bockmann