NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday issued a renewed push to protect unsuspecting homeowners from crooks posing as utility workers.
As CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported, Schumer specifically urged National Grid to notify Long Island customers 24 hours in advance of any in-house visit by a meter reader or other technician.
“When your home is burglarized, you almost feel violated,” Schumer said.
Surrounded by frightened homeowners, Schumer reviewed a rash of burglaries on Long Island this month, by thieves who allegedly posed as National Grid workers.
The fake utility workers took cash and valuables from elderly residents in three Nassau County communities – Herricks, Syosset, and Westbury – after claiming they had come to check for a gas leak, authorities said.