MIDLAND BEACH — A man went door to door pretending to collect money for a cancer charity then stole cash from two elderly woman after he was let into their homes, prosecutors said.
Dominic Poveromo, 36, was arrested Tuesday after police said he stole cash from two women, aged 86 and 89, after gaining entry into their house by pretending to collect money fo cancer, prosecutors said.
Poveromo knocked on the door of the 86-year-old woman's Oldfield Street home Feb. 3, then stole money from her purse after being let inside, prosecutors said.
The next day Poveromo pulled the same scam on the 89-year-old woman and took cash from her wallet after he was let inside her Sanilac Street home.
In 2007, Poveromo was arrested for a similar scam, after he pocketed $450 from people in Grasmere and Dongan Hills by telling them he was collecting money for cancer charities and research, the Staten Island Advance reported.
He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to five days of community service in that case, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.
For his latest arrest, Poveromo was charged with burglary and scheming to defraud at his Tuesday arraignment, the DA said.
His bail was set at $10,000 bond, $5,000 cash and he's due back in court Thursday, according to online court records.
Poveromo's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.