Robbers posing as water company workers targeting Bronx homes

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jan 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-19 19:29:45-05

BRONX, NEW YORK (PIX11)– He’s stepping out of a Verizon truck, a safe bet he’s legit, but not this guy.  Although he and an alleged accomplice may say they’re with the water company, or claim to be some other type of worker, don’t be fooled.  Three senior citizens in the Bronx took them at their word, and according to cops, were robbed of cash and jewelry.  They began their crime spree last Wednesday in the area of Pelham Gardens around 3:45pm…targeting the home of a 71 year old man who asked we not identify him.
“Does this look like one of the suspects?”
“It looks like one of the suspects.  Only he didn’t have a full beard, he had facial,” said the victim.
One suspect rang his bell, posing as a worker needing to fix his next door neighbors fence in the backyard.  The homeowner went to look at the spot, but when he went back inside to get a jacket, he ran into the second suspect.
The victim went over how the situation occurred. “I walked in I noticed stuff was missing. The other guy came out and said he wanted my cell phone.  I said you’re not getting my cell phone, fortunately my neighbor, a kid he was watching so now it was two against two.”
And that’s when the two con men took off in what the victim described as a large late model silver pickup truck.
“Any writing no.  License plate, he had it covered.”
My colleague, former NYPD detective sergeant Wally Zeins helped get the word out, advising residents to always check for a company photo id.
Wally told people, “If you feel uncomfortable with anyone who come to your door you should call 911. Let police handle it.”
The next two incidents happened the following day in the Morris Park section 15 minutes apart.
“Utility workers don’t come knocking on the door….you would call the utility company,” said Zeins.
Police describe the male suspects as White or Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, 5 foot 10 and 170 pounds. If you have any information, call crime stoppers at 1-800-577-tips.