2010-07-08 / Other News

Home Invaders — On Cell Phones — Rob E. 89th St. Resident

Three thieves last week pushed their way into a home on East 89th Street near Glenwood Road and robbed a 65- year-old male resident, police said. One man described as black and about 20 to 25 years old, rang the doorbell and announced he was a FedEx deliveryman and had a package for the resident, who let the man in, followed by two others.

According to police from the 69th Precinct, the victim, whose name was not released, said he was sitting at home shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 when the incident happened.

He said when the first man came in, he threw two pieces of mail at the homeowner and then pulled out a handgun and yelled, “Where’s the money?”

The two other men, one apparently Hispanic and the other black, the victim said, directed the victim to empty his pockets, from which they took about 65 dollars. In the meantime, the three were all talking on their cell phones and one said, “You have a safe in the house,” to the victim and then they all went into a bedroom. The man opened an unlocked safe and was pushed aside by the robbers who then stated into the cell phone, “There’s no money here!”

Police said he then took a cell phone and two camcorders and escaped out the front door, telling the victim to stay in the bedroom. After a few minutes, the man called 911. He was not injured, cops said. No injuries were sustained in the incident.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Calls will be kept strictly confidential.

Charles Rogers

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