He was not ready for his close-up.
A hungry burglar in the Bronx made an unpleasant discovery mid-robbery when he peered up and spotted a security camera, eyes going wide as the camera recorded his every move, according to footage released by the NYPD.
The suspect was in the middle of ransacking several commercial offices between July 3 and July 5 inside a building across River Avenue from Yankee Stadium, when he skulked into the kitchenette of one of the offices and came into view of the camera.
The camera appeared to take him by surprise. As he poked about the kitchenette, he kept his hat low over his eyes, but his look of consternation had already been captured by the surveillance system.
Shielding his face with his hat, he peeked into the office freezer and fridge, but was apparently unimpressed with the contents inside. Tip-toeing past a line of Canada Dry seltzer cans, the suspect moved on to other things.
The burglar, who was clad in a white T-shirt, jean shorts, a rhinestone-bejeweled backpack, and work gloves, managed to pry his way into three offices, including a business providing legal video services, a Head Start center, and an eye surgery practice, police said.
He managed to escape with a $500 laptop from the legal office; three laptops, a flat-screen television, a digital camera, a reading tablet, and a gold necklace and bracelet from the Head Start office; and a MacBook Pro from the eye-care office, according to police.
In total, the loot added up to $3,500, according to a statement from the NYPD.
In a statement to press, police described the photogenic burglar as being about 30 years old, with black hair and brown eyes.