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Quick-Thinking Woman Fights Off Thieves Posing As FedEx Delivery Men

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Margaret Mazzio was still wound up Monday over the trouble that came knocking at her Howard Beach home recently.

"They said they were from FedEx, and they put a stupid box in the house," she told CBS 2's Don Champion.

Mazzio said she knew something was wrong when the men tried to shove their way past her daughter, so she turned into a tough mom.

"He wouldn't move, so I took the inside of the door and I was pushing him and that's when he pushed in more and I took the phone and whacked him right in the face with it," she said.

The quick thinking by Mazzio helped her and her daughter foil the would-be thieves' plan.

Neighbors said they are concerned that the trouble hasn't passed, and that the men may be looking for ways to take advantage of a neighborhood struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

"You are expecting packages because of the storm. Everyone is getting new things and different things sent to their home," Pat McMilleon said.

The box that the suspects used was empty. Investigators dusted it looking for clues. Authorities said they do not think the break-in was part of a pattern of crimes. The men were seen getting into a white Infinity driven by a third man, but descriptions of the trio have been too vague to report.

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