Reporting Tony Aiello
LAKEVIEW, N.Y. (CBS 2) – A quiet Nassau County neighborhood fell victim to a frightening crime on Monday night when two men posing as utility workers robbed a home at gunpoint.
“You say that there’s a gas leak, so what do you do? You let them in,” Carolyn Price, a neighbor of the victims, told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.
Price said that is precisely what her neighbors on Ontario Road in Lakeview did Monday night. She admitted they did look like utility workers.
However, instead of tools, they allegedly pulled out a gun and ransacked the place before fleeing. The robbers got away with cellphones, wallets and other items, according to police. No one was injured.
Police said the robbers certainly dressed to impress as utility workers. They wore safety vests, had on blue work shirts, black work gloves and tan work boots. One of the robbers even wore a dust mask over his face.
It’s a tried and true method used by bad guys. In recent months, police in the Tri-State Area have sought fake plumbers, water system workers, delivery men and even fake cops, who have all bluffed their way into people’s homes.
“You got to see ID, you got to see a truck, you got to see something,” Price said. “Very scary last night.”
Police said all of the victims were in their 20s and that it was not clear if the home was targeted or chosen at random.