Fake Utility Workers Burglarize Brooklyn Homes: Police - NBC New York

Fake Utility Workers Burglarize Brooklyn Homes: Police

The pair of suspects wear safety vests and have so far targeted elderly women.



    A pair of thieves is on the prowl in Brooklyn, posing as utility workers to gain access into their victims' homes. Pei-Sze Cheng speaks to one of the victims. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012)

    Police are searching for a pair of burglars targeting elderly women in the Ocean Parkway section of Brooklyn, pretending to be utility workers to gain access to their victims' homes.

    The incidents were reported to police in the past week. In one case last Friday, an 89-year-old woman at 109 Ryder Ave. was approached by a man and a woman wearing safety vests asking to see her gas meters.

    "She says to me, 'I can't go on the property because it's private property, you have to come and show me,'" said the victim, who asked not be identified. "So I said, 'I can't walk because I walk with a cane. She says 'You have to do it.'"

    When the victim went with the woman, the man entered her home and took cash and jewelry, she said.

    "He took all my jewelry I accumulated for so many years," said the victim, who has been alone since her husband died last year. "I had over $1,000 because I had to pay my bills -- he took that."

    The suspects then fled on foot.

    A similar incident happened at 2047 59th St., when a 90-year-old woman allowed the suspects access to the back of her home. The female suspect engaged the victim in conversation while the male suspect walked through the home and took assorted jewelry, police said.

    The suspects again fled, this time in a green four-door compact sedan.

    Surveillance video released Wednesday offers a clear view of the alleged schemers approaching one of the victims' homes.

    Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.