Man breaks into car, relaxes inside, then sets it on fire in Brooklyn
A man was caught on video breaking into an unlocked car on a Brooklyn street — relaxing in the back seat for more than five minutes before setting the sedan on fire and sauntering away, police and law enforcement sources said.
The man was spotted on police surveillance footage walking in the area of Humboldt Street and Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint early last Sunday morning — pulling on the door handles of cars parked along the street, police and sources said.
Shortly before 6 a.m. he approached the driver’s side of a blue 2018 Hyundai Sonata, and appeared to try to open the locked front door, the footage allegedly shows, according to a source.
With no luck on his first try, he moved to the rear driver’s side door, which was unlocked, and climbed into the back seat, where he remained for several minutes.
Shortly thereafter, he got out of the car, finished smoking a cigarette, threw it to the pavement and casually walked away as the vehicle went up in flames. It wasn’t immediately clear what he used to start the fire, police said.
Photographs released by police late Friday show the man inside a nearby bodega, where he loitered for approximately 40 minutes after setting the blaze.
He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a black hooded sweatshirt underneath. He has dark, medium-length hair.
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