Police are searching for a pair of robbery suspects who pose as various types of workers and prey on elderly people in the Bronx.
In one of the robberies, police say a robber told his 71-year-old victim he was a worker who needed to fix a neighbor's fence. In another robbery, the thieves posed as Department of Environmental Protection workers, robbing 73-year-old Elide Derasmo and her husband.
“We obviously believed them and we let them in,” said Derasmo. “When I saw the second guy leave I knew I had gotten taken for something.”
In each of the robberies the suspects made off with cash and jewelry, police said.
All of the victims were elderly and no one was injured in any of the robberies.
“I hope that they catch these bums,” Derasmo said.