A burglar posing as a utility worker talked his way into a 79-year-old Herricks woman’s home, where he stole her jewelry, Nassau County police said.

The victim answered a knock at the door of her Pine Street home, where a man claiming to work for National Grid and wearing a yellow work vest and a yellow construction hat said that he needed to check her home for a gas and water leak following a gas explosion at 12:40 p.m. Friday, police said.

The suspect told the victim to turn on the faucet in the kitchen while the was alone in a bathroom near the master bedroom for 20 minutes and then fled, police said.

The victim discovered assorted gold jewelry missing from her jewelry box shortly later, police said.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that there were in fact no gas explosions reported at the time of the burglary.

Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.