Northeast Times

Suspects in home invasions remain on the loose

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Phil­adelphia po­lice are warn­ing North­east res­id­ents to be wary of a bogus U.S. Mail car­ri­er who in­vaded the home of an eld­erly Bustleton wo­man at gun­point on Tues­day.

At about 9:45 a.m., the sus­pect knocked on the door of a home on the 1800 block of Nester Place wear­ing a sa­fari hat and post of­fice-style uni­form. He ad­vised the res­id­ent that he had a re­gistered let­ter for her to sign.

When she opened the door, he forced his way in­side, poked a gun in­to her ab­do­men and de­man­ded her valu­ables, said Capt. Joseph Zaffino of the 7th dis­trict. The vic­tim, who is about 70 years old, led the sus­pect to a bed­room and sur­rendered an un­deter­mined amount of cash and jew­elry.

The vic­tim, who was home alone, was not in­jured. She called 911, but did not see if the sus­pect used a get­away vehicle. She de­scribed him as His­pan­ic, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and with a me­di­um build. He was clean-shaven. He wore a light blue shirt and dark blue shorts but did not carry a mail­bag.

Zaffino warned res­id­ents not to al­low strangers, even those in uni­form, ac­cess to their homes.

“Un­less you’re sure it’s your mail­man or your mail­man’s re­place­ment, do not open that door,” the cap­tain said. In­stead, he said, call 911.

Po­lice are un­aware of any oth­er sim­il­ar in­cid­ents in­volving mail car­ri­er im­per­son­at­ors. But in the past, crooks have tried to im­per­son­ate vari­ous util­ity em­ploy­ees to ac­cess vic­tims’ homes.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about Tues­day’s rob­bery is asked to call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153. ••

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Two men forced their way in­to a Brookhaven home, fired a gun­shot and robbed a wo­man of dozens of pre­scrip­tion pills last Thursday, po­lice said.

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted as a res­ult of the home in­va­sion, ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man, but au­thor­it­ies are still look­ing for the rob­bers.

The in­cid­ent oc­curred on the 8800 block of Frank­ford Ave. at 2:15 p.m. The 28-year-old vic­tim had just re­turned home from a neigh­bor­hood phar­macy when two uniden­ti­fied men forced their way in­to the home.

The in­vaders took 84 oxy­codone pills and fled in a blue Pon­tiac Grand Am, Rus­sell said. No fur­ther de­scrip­tions were avail­able.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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