It's not the Ninja burglar—it's the "Pattern 16" burglar! Police are tracking down a 27-year-old, male burglar responsible for hitting 16 homes across Staten Island in September, after recently nabbing his female partner in crime.
Previously convicted burglar Daniel Caceres and Vanessa Perez, 36, allegedly broke into numerous homes—thanks to unlocked doors and windows—beginning Sept. 3 while owners slept and would steal credit cards and designer handbags. Because of the 14 burglaries and two attempted burglaries in numerous neighborhoods (like Great Kills, Dongan Hills, New Dorp), cops have called this the "Pattern 16" burglaries. Oh, and, the Staten Island Advance reported residents were "spurred...to beef up security around their homes with surveillance cameras and spotlights, and to be more vigilant about locking their doors and windows."
Caceres was once named one of Staten Island's "ten most wanted" fugitives after a 2004 break-in. Perez, who was apprehended and charged in connection with two of the burglaries, has since been released on $5,000 bail. Her next court date is Dec. 8.