Authorities are investigating after someone broke into a car in Brooklyn, New York, and stole a backpack that contained $40,000 cash.

The break-in was reported on July 11 at the intersection of Joralemon and Hicks streets at 1 p.m, ABC7 reported.

The thief used a four-way cross wrench to break the passenger side window and steal the backpack, police said.

52-year-old victim and owner of the money owns a construction business and was going to use the money for payroll and payment to vendors, authorities said.

The real estate developer didn’t want to be identified but said the knapsack wasn’t visible.

“The lady who lives directly across from where the car was parked saw it happen, saw him hit the window and yelled out, ‘Hey what are you doing!’ He turned around to her and said nothing, she went to go call the police and he kept doing it,” the victim said.

The victim has no doubt that he was targeted and thinks that the suspect may be someone associated with one of his construction sites.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, brown shorts, and black sneakers.

“It’s just bad luck all around. All these things I wouldn’t have ordinarily had in that bag, I happened to have it in there that day,” the victim said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish.

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