Elderly Bellport Woman Tricked by Burglary Tactic; Fake Home Repair Workers Stole Cash, Prescription Drugs
August 21, 2014
(Long Island, NY) Yesterday, Suffolk County Police arrested two men who burglarized an elderly woman’s home last week by utilizing a home repair scam.
According to the report, Bruce Wimmer and Michael Windland entered a 92-year-old female’s home in Bellport on August 16 at approximately 2 p.m. by pretending to be chimney cleaners. The men identified themselves as employees of a company called N.Y. Finest Home Improvements and said they were performing a chimney inspection. While one of the men distracted the resident, the other stole $130 cash from church envelopes and $35 cash from bank envelopes. They also stole a quantity of the victim’s prescription drugs. The men quoted a price of $3000 for unnecessary chimney work and offered to drive the victim to her bank to withdraw the money. The victim declined and the suspects made arrangements to do the work on a later date. After the individuals left, the victim became suspicious and contacted police.
Suffolk County Police arrested two men who burglarized an elderly woman’s home last week by utilizing a home repair scam. Windland and Wimmer will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, August 21.
Michael Windland, 28, of 2nd Street, Lake Ronkonkoma was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bruce Wimmer, 32, of Debbie Lee Lane, Bohemia, was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree. Both men are prior convicted felons.
Windland and Wimmer were held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, August 21.
Fifth Squad detectives are seeking to identify any other potential victims of these individuals. If you feel you may have been a victim of this scam, you are urged to contact the Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552.
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