Bed bug burglar sought by NYC police

by nobugsonme on March 4, 2011 · 1 comment

in bed bug burglar, bed bugs, New York City

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.

Victim Leora Handlersky told NBC News:

‘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.

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1 Winston O. Buggy March 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Just one more bug that needs to be squashed. Check for ID and anytime you need to leave your apartment for treatment check with the company, your super or management. They usually inform you before. Yet one more reason to deal with known/established companies although it’s not always an option for everyone and there are some small good ones. Call if you have any doubts before you open the door.

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