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NYPD: Suspects Dressed Like Utility Workers Targeting Elderly Residents In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police are looking for two suspects they say are targeting elderly homeowners by posing as electrical workers and then stealing cash and jewelry.

Joe Rushford said he was working Tuesday when the two suspects targeted his elderly mother Gloria, who was home alone.

"I'd like to wring their neck. I'd like to invite them out in the street here, me and them. Have some fun. You know you pick on a 90-year-old lady," he told CBS 2's Kristin Thorne.

"They watch the house and they prey on elderly people and it's not going to happen again," he added.

Police said surveillance video shows a man in a uniform walking up to her Borough Park, Brooklyn home, followed by a woman a few minutes later.

They told the homeowner they had to come in her house to do some work, but once they got inside, police said they stole her jewelry, cash and sensitive identification documents.

The suspects also hit a nearby house. The homeowner, who only wanted to identify herself as "Rose," is 89 years old. She said she was sitting on her front step when a man and a woman came up to her.

Rose said the suspects told her they were with Con Ed. She said the woman distracted her while the man ran into her Kensington home.

"Oh God, I can't take this. I didn't sleep all night. I'm afraid," she said. "They took all my money, took all my jewelry. Everything."

Police believe the suspects took off in a green four-door sedan.

Police said the woman is about 5-foot-5 and weighs around 140 pounds with dark brown hair. The man is about 6-foot with blue eyes and light brown hair.

Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit

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