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Bold Thieves Bypass Security Measures In String Of Upper East Side Burglaries

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) -- Thieves have targeted Upper East Side businesses in a string of bold break-ins.

The suspects have managed to make their way inside of secure businesses and have not been nabbed by police.

"I don't know how but they opened this lock and opened the door and crawled down," Ruffino Lubis told CBS 2's Tamara Leitner.

Once inside the shoe store on 93rd Street and Second Ave the burglars grabbed the entire cash register.

The same burglars have hit thirteen small mom and pop businesses on the Upper East Side during a two month span, police said. Each time they entered through a security gate and smashed or stole the cash register.

"They crawled underneath, then this was all smashed up and they used scissors to open it and took all the money," store owner May Lee said.

Security experts say that metal gates help but are not enough to protect a business.

"In addition to physical security people should be using technology, a simple alarm system with central monitoring such as a window sensor or door sensor," explained David Boehm, Security USA.

Many of the businesses did have security cameras but so far the quality of the videos has not been good enough to identify the thieves.

Experts say a fairly high-tech system that includes cameras and remote access can be purchased for about $1,500.

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