Exclusive video shows a man robbing a business in Manhattan. It’s part of a series of recent crimes in Hell’s Kitchen.

NEW YORK — Video obtained by CBS New York shows someone robbing a business in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. This is not the only business in the area that has been the victim of crime recently.

CBS New York has learned that at least five small businesses in the neighborhood were robbed or vandalized last week.

Video shows man stealing from cash register at Hell’s Kitchen dry cleaners

Police say New Cleaners on West 49th Street was robbed early Monday morning.

Surveillance video shows a masked man breaking into the business and, within seconds, finding the cash drawer and throwing it open. Police say he got away with $1,500 in cash.

The store manager, Ramón García, believes it was a setup.

“A professional, who wears gloves, and he broke a lock with (a tool),” Garcia said.

Map shows series of crimes under investigation in Hell’s Kitchen

A map showing the location of five businesses in Hell's Kitchen.
CBS New York has learned that at least five small businesses in the neighborhood were robbed or vandalized between May 11 and May 18, 2024.

CBS New York

Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, someone broke the glass door of Al Horno Mexican on West 47th, first reported.

Surveillance video shows a masked man throwing some type of tool onto a pile of trash outside the restaurant. He looks around and then goes back to break the glass.

A couple nights before that, just across Ninth Avenue at HK Best Barber, more videos show someone making very similar moves, again checking to see if anyone is nearby before smashing the glass door.

Djibril Zakari, from Al Horno, believes that both acts of vandalism are the same person.

Also this week, a window was broken at Seguidilla Dominican Bistro on West 51st Street. Employees are grateful it happened after hours when no one was there.

Totto Ramen across the street was also attacked.

“A person who does that, breaks all the glass and crosses the street, tries to turn the corner, is not in his right mind. Imagine if someone was here, one of us. We would have been in danger,” said Cinnamon D., in Seguidilla.

Fortunately, no one was injured in any of these incidents.

Theft and retail theft are the most common crimes reported in Hell’s Kitchen, and NYPD data shows they are on the rise, making it more expensive for small businesses to stay in business.