Workers dressed as Con Ed workers scam residents in Bronx

February 14, 2011 2:37:47 PM PST
A warning has been issued in the Bronx about con artists who are targeting elderly residents when they dress up as Con-Ed workers.

'I said to them you need to remove yourself, you're on my property," said Jack Caruso.

Caruso says he chased two men from his Pelham bay doorstep just a few weeks ago. They were pretending to be utility workers, but he didn't buy it.

"Two of them were dressed, had the blue on and all but to me the big thing was I didn't see any Con Ed vehicle," adds Caruso.

Unfortunately, six other Bronx residents, most of them senior citizens, have fallen for the scam since December 31st.

The pair of con men have ripped off victims in Soundview, Pelham Bay, Country Club Morris Park, Baychester and Riverdale.

"I'd like to catch these guys. I'd like them to return what they stole and I'd like them to rot in jail," said James Vacca.

City Councilman James Vacca, who represents several east Bronx communities, is helping to get the word out about the robberies.

And, because the con men have often posed as Con Ed workers, the company has put out a poster reminding people to ask for identification.