Police searching for thieves targeting the elderly

January 19, 2013 9:15:08 PM PST
It is an old-time scam - one thief pretends he is coming to fix a leak or do an inspection, and while he is working, the second thief robs the house.

On Saturday, investigators warned senior citizens in the Bronx to be careful. Police are on the lookout for two men who have been targeting the elderly by talking their way into peoples' homes.

So far it has happened three times in Morris Park. The victims were 71, 73 and 89 years old.

Police have put out a sketch of one of the suspects, and say the thieves are either white or Hispanic, between the ages of 25 to 35 years, and are about 5'10 and 175 pounds. The suspects were not in uniform, and did not show any ID, even though they claimed to be contractors or city workers. They were also seen driving away in a gray pickup.

On one occasion, investigators say the suspects posed as Department of Environmental Protection employees and claimed they were investigating a complaint. When the victims went into the kitchen to test the water, the suspects stole cash out of a bedroom dresser.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.

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