New York locksmith Robert F. Martin III says he has no plans to sell stolen cars to help solve a spate of burglaries that have left his shop locked out.
Martin, an experienced locksmith who works at Martin & Martin in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been locking out his shop for three weeks.
He said Monday that he and his employees have been told to stay inside their homes and lock their doors if they see anything suspicious.
Martin said that in recent weeks, burglars have stolen two cars and two bikes from the shop.
He’s also heard of a recent spate of stolen motorcycles.
Martin said that the thefts come amid a trend of more than 60 reported crimes involving cars and bikes stolen from locksmiths and locksmith shops in New York City since last summer.
Martin told CBS New York that burglars typically pick the locks of cars that are unlocked and drive away with the cars.
Martin & ; Martin is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the burglaries.
The company has also set up a special lock-up unit that can be reached at 718-933-2270.