Deception criminals steal $1,450 from Maspeth resident
by Chase Collum
Jan 14, 2015 | 3296 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An elderly woman in Maspeth learned the hard way that appearances can be deceiving.

On January 6, two men posing as workers from the Department of Environmental Protection came to the door of the 83-year-old resident's home on 65th Place in the vicinity of 53rd Avenue at about 4 p.m.

Since there are DEP workers in the area performing work, she thought nothing of it and let them into her home.

According to Captain Christopher Manson of the 104th Precinct, two white males, one about 45 years old, said they needed to check the water coming out of the kitchen faucet.

“One perp distracted [the victim] while the second perp went into a room and took $1,450,” Manson said.

Manson went on to say that in the latter half of 2014, there were several such burglaries within the confines of the precinct.

“These people are the lowest of the low,” Manson said. “They typically target the elderly.”

He described an incident that occurred about a month ago involving a pair of deception burglars who convinced a World War II veteran to let them into his home, where they found four safe boxes.

“The three or four boxes they did get were his World War II medals, the box they dropped had $70,000 cash,” Manson said. “This man had another $40,000 to $50,000 cash in the house.”

To ensure the man’s safety, two officers spent the remainder of that night with the man and brought him to a bank in the morning.

“He’s old school and he didn’t want a bank account so he got a secret key to a safety deposit box,” Manson said.

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