Police: Man Poses as National Grid Worker, Burglarizes Home of 79-Year-old Woman

A man posing as an employee of gas provider National Grid burglarized the home of a 79-year-old woman in Herricks Friday afternoon, Nassau police said. 

Police said the man was wearing a yellow work vest and a yellow construction hat when he knocked on the door of a home on Pine Street at around 12:40 p.m.

The man told the woman who answered the door that he was from National Grid and that there had been a gas explosion and that he needed to come inside the home to check the water for a gas leak, police said. 

The man told the resident to turn on the faucet in the kitchen while the man continued alone into a bathroom near the master bedroom, police said.

The man stayed in the home for about 20 minutes and then left in an unknown direction, police said. Soon after, the woman discovered assorted gold jewelry missing from her jewelry box.

Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

PJC June 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM
My advise do not keep anything of value in a jewelry box. Hide it out of the bedroom where it could take hours for someone to find it if at all.
Tony June 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Fortunately this woman was not harmed but it easily have turned out very different. As a former Lilco worker, I can tell you that the first thing anyone should ask is to see company ID that every worker is given. If the alleged employee gets huffy or says he/she has to go all the way back to their vehicle just tell them that you'll wait while they do then call the company to check their story (hopefully you can speak to an actual person immediately). As a former gas worker I can tell you there would be no reason any gas worker would ever ask to check your water, explosion or otherwise. Obviously, this character's scam was to run the water so the homeowner couldn't hear what he was doing but we wouldn't be worrying about your water if there was any kind of gas emergency in the area. Also pay attention to your surroundings, if there were some kind of emergency, there would be several other trucks in the area, possibly some emergency workers (depending whether they were called first or not) and at least several other workers checking out the area. If everything seems like it does on any other day, be hesitant who you let into your house.


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