Police Arrest Alleged Brooklyn Burglar Who Pretended to Be Neighbor

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    Police have arrested a man who allegedly posed as a neighbor to get into elderly people's apartments in Brooklyn and steal from them. 

    Salvador Morales, 58, of Washington Heights faces charges of burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession Friday. 

    In each of the two reported burglaries, Morales followed the elderly residents to their buildings in Brighton Beach, told them he was their upstairs neighbor and that water was leaking from his unit into their apartment, according to police.  

    He said he wanted to inspect the damage so he could pay for them, police said. He then asked the victims for change for a $100 bill so he could leave $50. While in the apartment, he took jewelry and money. 

    Morales allegedly stole $2,200 and jewelry from an 89-year-old victim on Christmas Eve, and $170 and jewelry from an 88-year-old victim on Jan. 19. 

    Neither of the victims was hurt. 

    It wasn't immediately clear if Morales had an attorney. 

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