A burglar posing as a utility worker distracted an 81-year-old couple while a second suspect stole money from the victims’ Valley Stream home this week, Nassau County police said.

A man who claimed to work for the water department knocked on the door of the victims’ North Cottage Street home and said that he needed to check the water pressure in the basement at 6 p.m. Monday, police said.

The suspect communicated with the second suspect for about 15 minutes while in the basement with the victims, police said.

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The victims realized their money was missing on Tuesday, when they called police and the water company, who said they did not have anyone working in the area checking water pressure, authorities said.

The suspect was described as a white man, 30-to-40 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall with an average build, dark hair and was wearing a light-colored t-shirt, shorts and a lanyard around his neck

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Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.


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