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Crime & Cases November 23, 2012  RSS feed


Forest Hills Senior Tricked Into A Robbery
by Robert Pozarycki

One of the two suspects wanted for robbing and assaulting a 90- year-old man in Forest Hills last week. One of the two suspects wanted for robbing and assaulting a 90- year-old man in Forest Hills last week. Claiming to be electricians, a pair of crooks duped a 90- year-old man into letting them inside his Rego Park home last Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, then swiped his valuables and assaulted him for his trouble, police reported.

The two suspects behind the caper remain at large as of press time, law enforcement sources said. Footage of one of the perpetrators was released by the NYPD last Friday, Nov. 16.

Both bandits are described by police as white or Hispanic males believed to be between 30 and 35 years of age.

Reportedly, the robbery took place just before 1:30 p.m. last Tuesday in the vicinity of 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard.

According to information obtained by police, the two suspects visited the man’s residence and identified themselves to him as electricians. They reportedly asked the victim to let them inside his home so they could inspect for potential problems.

Moments after the man let both perpetrators into his home, authorities noted, the crooks removed an undisclosed amount of cash as well as jewelry.

When the victim discovered that he was being robbed, it was reported, he tried to stop the suspects from leaving his residence. In doing so, police said, one of the crooks punched the man in the face.

After injuring the senior citizen, the bandits fled from the location in an unknown direction, law enforcement sources noted.

Members of the 112th Precinct and EMS units responded to the home after receiving a 911 call about the robbery. The man sustained a black eye but did not request any further medical assistance.

The case was presented to the 112th Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Queens Robbery Squad for further investigation, police noted.

Anyone with any information re- garding the robbery or the suspects’ whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call the 112th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-520-9250 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers via text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.