VIDEO: D.A – Yogi Berra Museum Break-In Helped Crack ‘Ninja Burglar’ Case

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convicted rapist pulled off staggering 160 burglaries

ABOVE VIDEO: Lt. Kevin Gallagher, who heads District Attorney Michael E. McMahon’s NYPD Detective Squad, discusses how “Ninja Burglar” suspect Robert H. Costanzo was identified. (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. ( – A break-in 18 months ago at a New Jersey museum dedicated to baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, a string of upstate burglaries and years of dogged police work helped cracked the case of Staten Island’s so-called “Ninja Burglar.” 

Investigators believe Robert H. Costanzo, 46, a convicted rapist, pulled off a staggering 160 burglaries in the borough between 2005 and 2015, along with a series of heists in well-heeled enclaves upstate and in New Jersey and Connecticut.

The October 2014 break-in in Little Falls, N.J., helped prosecutors put the pieces together.

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Investigators heard that rings had been stolen from the Yogi Berra Museum. They met with investigators there to determine if the crime fit the pattern of those on Staten Island.

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ABOVE VIDEO: “Ninja Burglar” confesses to crimes, apologizes to victims of crimes on Staten Island Watch as Robert H. Costanzo, 46, a.k.a. the “Ninja Burglar,” confesses and apologizes for his alleged crimes on Staten Island to investigators. (Video courtesy of District Attorney McMahon’s Office)