Thieves backed a truck up to a warehouse loading dock on Grand Street during an overnight burglary this week and took off with dozens of racks of clothes valued at $150,000, police said.
The incident, which happened between 7 p.m. Monday and 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, is under investigation.
It the latest in a rash of robberies and petty crimes that have concerned police.
"We’ve responded to scams, identity theft and companies getting stuck with non-payment on credit cards …" Detective John Cleary said. "We are seeing fraud, forgery and an increase in theft. We’ve been seeing a big increase in them."
Many of the crimes occur in the borough’s corporate and industrial area, he said.
With fewer than 6,000 residents and 4.2 square miles, the borough’s population increases to 21,000 during workdays, he said.
Earlier this year, the corporate park was rocked by a botched heist of a perfume warehouse on Gotham Parkway, in which thieves — including three New York City police officers — tied up employees while they loaded trucks.
The perfume heist was "unusual," Cleary said, because it was an armed robbery.
He said detectives have been investigating numerous less-publicized crimes in recent months.
One is a rash of complaints from motorists about vehicle break-ins at off-site parking lots in the borough during football games at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Even with the heavy caseload, he said he’s confident that the department has solid leads on finding the thieves who stole the clothes from the warehouse.
"They loaded the merchandise on a stolen truck that has a GPS [tracking system]," Cleary said. "We have certain locations [identified where they have gone]. … They probably didn’t know there was a GPS system in the truck."