Elderly Man Forcibly Robbed in Queens Home by Bogus Water Workers
QUEENS — A pair of thieves allegedly posed as water department employees and forcibly robbed an 89-year-old man in his Forest Hills home Tuesday afternoon, the NYPD said.
The men reportedly knocked on the man's front door, claimed they worked for a water utility, then shoved their way in once the victim opened the door, police said.
The suspects allegedly forced the man to a back room, snatched his money and a cell phone, then fled in a late-model red Jeep, which was recorded by a surveillance camera, police said.
No injuries were reported.
The suspects were about 6-feet tall, 200 pounds, and apparently in their 20s, police said. They were wearing white T-shirts during the robbery.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). Members of the public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.