These 2 guys are on the run and wanted by the police. Steve Demetro and John George preyed on the elderly folks, posed as utility workers to break into homes and steal from them. Police also suspected that they may also be wanted in other states.
Anyone with information pertaining to the slew of deception burglaries is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
In each case, the scammers knock on the door of an elderly resident’s home with the ruse that they are responding to a service issue. As one suspect chats up the homeowner, another roams around inside and bags the loot, sources said.
In that incident, a 78-year-old woman and her 87-year-old husband were hit for $900 in cash when two white males entered their home using a ruse.
It was not immediately clear if the crooks were part of the gypsies’ string of crimes, but the burglary added to the growing trend in the boroughs.
“No one should be let into the home without seeing proper ID,” Vallone said, adding that people should always be suspicious of utility workers arriving unannounced.
“It’s very rare that someone shows up at your home without making an appointment,” he said. “If you have any doubts, call the company.”
This is the same advice for any email scams involving inheritance funds or lottery winnings. If you received an unsolicited email out of the blue, its most likely a scam.