Two residents who were asked to let workers into their apartments for renovations at a public housing building in Brooklyn had their homes burglarized, and one woman was pushed to the ground by the robbers, neighbors said.
The New York City Housing Authority had told residents at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene that they needed access to apartments for workers from May 13 to May 29.
On May 20, burglars took a laptop from a Jacqueline Francis' home, and one suspect pushed her as he fled. The laptop contained priceless photos of her mother and daughter, who both died the same year. Francis believes her attacker got into her apartment after the workers left.
The same day, a 30-year-old man had a computer and video console stolen from his apartment.
NYCHA said in a statement that the agency has "reached out to our contractor to make sure every effort is made to secure the residents and their homes during the ongoing renovations."