Bank robbers are taking their age-old profession to the next level: targeting rugs from banks to sell, the New York Post reported.
Police officers arrested William Footman, a 55-year-old Bronx resident, for at least six thefts from Chase Bank ATM hallways throughout lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side.
Investigators are now reviewing surveillance footage to determine if Footman is also behind 32 other carpet heists.
“For people on the street seeing this guy walk out of a bank carrying these carpets, they probably think nothing of it,” a law enforcement source said. “Here’s a guy who’s doing some work at the bank and removing the carpets.”
Footman was allegedly selling the $400 industrial-quality rugs to a Harlem bodega for just $30. In some locations, as many as three carpets were stolen at a time.