Nassau County police have issued a warning to local seniors about a deception technique they have witnessed over the past week.
According to police, two incidents have occurred in the last few days in which persons posing as utility workers or home repair workers have lured unsuspecting seniors away from their open doors or enticed them to other areas of their home while an accomplice enters the home in search of valuables.
The first occurrence was on Dec. 13 in Massapequa Park. Police said an 80-year-old male was decorating his home when he was approached by a male who said he worked for the power company and that they would be working in his yard. The resident was lured into the rear yard and later discovered jewelry missing from an upstairs bedroom.
The second incident occurred in Jericho on Dec. 14. An 84-year-old
male answered a knock on his door and was asked if he wanted his gutters cleaned. Police said the subject lured the homeowner into the kitchen while a second subject apparently entered the home and went upstairs. The homeowner became suspicious and when he told the subject that he was calling the police, the the second subject came down the stairs and both subjects left the home and fled the scene in a white van. There was no reported loss.
Nassau County residents are urged to dial 911 when they encounter suspicious persons and/or vehicles.