One local burglar is preying on New Yorkers’ fears of bed bugs in order to gain access to homes and rob them.
A con artist wanted for five burglaries in Brooklyn arrives at the door dressed as an “exterminator” and with appropriate gear.
‘I said, ‘I don’t have bugs,’ and he said, ‘It’s not about bugs, it’s about bedbugs,’ and that the co-op sent him,’ Handlersky said.
Handlersky said the suspect told her she didn’t personally have bedbugs, but he wanted to spray for prevention and she should wait leave the apartment for two hours while the work was done, to avoid ill effects from exposure to fumes.
She followed the man’s instructions, but when Handlersky returned, ‘I saw my jewelry box was moved and everything in it was gone,’ she said.
Police say the same man has scammed at least five people in the neighborhood in the last two months. He always uses the same simple excuse to get the person out of the house.
If an “exterminator” unexpectedly arrives, be sure and check with your building management before letting him in.