A burglar pretending to be with the Department of Environmental Protection tricked a 75-year-old woman into allowing him into her Bronx home while an accomplice stole a few hundred dollars' worth of cash and antique coins, police said.
The robbery took place on Tuesday afternoon near Pelham Parkway North and Morgan Avenue. The fake DEP worker told the victim that he was inspecting the water quality of neighborhood homes. Once inside, he distracted her while a second unknown man made off with $140 in cash and $200 worth of old coins.
Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the first man. He is described as a white male in his 30's, approximately five foot ten and 180 pounds with black wavy hair. He was reportedly last seen wearing blue jeans and a white checkered shirt, a construction helmet, and a reflective vest.
Anyone who recognizes the description and sketch can send their tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS or visiting the web site.