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Crook steals nearly $20,000 worth of copper wire, tools from subway station in Lower Manhattan: police


Cops are hunting for a crook who swiped nearly $20,000 worth of copper wire and tools from a subway station in Lower Manhattan.

The thief forced open a plywood wall on the J train platform of the Chambers St. station around 7:20 a.m. on the July 4 holiday, authorities said Wednesday. He then climb up a ladder to the mezzanine level, where he used a crowbar to break into two locked rooms.

From those rooms he stole reels of copper wire and tools, which included grinders, drills, bits, saws, batteries, wrenches and two-way radios, police said. The total value of everything he snatched equaled $19,500.

The burglar then took his haul and fled on a northbound train, officials said. Workers did not discover the robbery until Monday morning.

Cops released video of the red-shirted suspect, who can be seen in the footage stuffing green wire into a black plastic bag. Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All information is kept confidential.