16 Nov 2012 09:21 AM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Rego Park’s 112th Precinct Station House (Image Source: Matthew Hampton / Forest Hills Patch)
Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy already cause enough strife for victims, from damaged homes and flooded basements to electrical outages and displacement—but another problem that arises when the power goes down is looting.
NYPD officers in the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills and Rego Park have reported that thieves in the area are claiming to be repairmen and electricians, invading homes to steal from their victims.
According to DNAinfo.com, in the past month, at least four robberies have occurred in which thieves have requested access to their victims homes, claiming they were there to make repairs after the superstorm.
On Tuesday, two suspects invaded the home of a 90-year-old man at 63-38 Saunders St. in Rego Park, posing as electricians inspecting his electrical box due to the storm. The thieves then looted the victim’s possessions and knocked him unconscious.
Police describe the suspects as two 30-year-old men.
“The best advice I can give you is never let anyone into your home,” said Conforti. “And if you have a bad feeling about it, pick up the phone and call 911.”
Directly after the storm, looters using the same excuse were reported in Howard Beach. Con Ed workers always carry identification, and the electric company advises those who are suspicious to call before letting anyone into their homes.
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