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Police: Bronx Suspects Duped Older Residents Before Burglaries And Robbery

Police released this sketch of one of the suspects in the first incident. (credit: DCPI)

Police released this sketch of one of the suspects in the first incident. (credit: DCPI)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a pair of suspects wanted in connection with crimes in the Bronx.

In all three incidents, the suspects posed as various workers, police said.

The first incident took place on Jan. 9 around 3:45 p.m. A suspect rang the doorbell of a 71-year-old and posed as a worker who needed to fix an adjoining neighbor’s fence, police said.

While inspecting the work in the rear yard, the victim returned to his home and saw a second suspect exiting the residence. The victim physically challenged the second suspect, who was able to flee along with the first suspect in a grey pick-up truck.

There were no injuries, police said.

Police have release a sketch of one of the suspects in the first incident.

The second incident took place on Jan. 10 around 3:15 p.m., when a suspect knocked on the door of an 89-year-old woman, claiming to work for the water company. Police said the suspect said he needed to check for leaks in the basement.

The suspect and the victim were in the basement when an unknown accomplice removed jewelry from the victim’s bedroom dresser, police said. No injuries were reported.

Finally, later on Jan. 10, police said a pair of suspects, who claimed to work for the Department of Environmental Protection approached a couple, both 73 years old, at their home regarding a fictitious complaint.

As both victims tested the water in the kitchen and bathroom, the two suspects took cash from their bedroom dresser and fled the location, police said.

At no time did the suspects display identification. They also were not dressed in an official uniform, police said.

The suspect in each incident is described as a white or Hispanic male between 25 to 35 years old and 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.