A burglar tried to a force a 21-year-old woman into her Westbury apartment when she turned to flee upon arriving home and discovering her front door open three weeks ago, Nassau County police said Wednesday.

The assailant grabbed the victim and demanded money at her Oliver Avenue home, but she refused and dropped to the ground before the thief fled with two watches at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, police said. The victim was not injured.

Police released images of the suspect, who was caught on a surveillance camera, in the hope that a member of the public might recognize him. The suspect is described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, 20 to 25 years old with a mustache. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Third Squad detectives ask anyone who recognizes the suspect or 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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