Police: 'Inspector' Distracted Woman, 75, While Second Man Cleaned Out Home

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Saturday were asking the public to help search for a man who posed as a water quality inspector, and distracted a 75-year-old Bronx woman while a second man burglarized her home.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the first man came to the woman’s door near Pelham Parkway North and Morgan Avenue, saying he was inspecting the water quality of homes in the area. The man entered the house, and as he distracted the woman, the second man stole $140 in cash and $200 worth of antique coins, police said.

The first suspect was described as a white male in his 30s, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with black wavy hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white checkered shirt, a construction helmet, and a reflective vest. A sketch of the suspect has been released.

The second man was described only as heavy set.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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