'Religious' thief blesses himself before breaking into clothing store

GRAVESEND, Brooklyn (WPIX) — Thou shalt not steal.

It's one of the 10 commandments this "religious" thief ignored as he broke into a Brooklyn clothing store Thursday evening, by throwing a brick through the glass.

Before doing so, he was caught on video tracing the symbol of the cross over his chest, a motion of blessing himself.

The burglary happened around 5 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Ziani Fine Italian Clothing on Avenue U in Gravesend.

Once the man broke through the glass, police say he snatched approximately 18 articles of clothing and then fled the scene on foot northbound on East 1 Street.

The man was last seen wearing black and white gloves, a black baseball cap, a black jacket, black jeans and gray sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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