Nassau police are looking for a man who they said pretended to be a Cablevision employee before he burst into a Uniondale woman's home and stole her purse.
Police said a 74-year-old woman heard a noise inside her Hempstead Boulevard home just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and saw a man she didn't know standing inside her screened-in porch. The man told her he was from Cablevision, police said, then pushed open the door into the house, knocking the woman to the ground.
The victim then saw the suspect rifle through a desk drawer and steal a black purse that held a cellphone, credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. He fled the house on foot and took off in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported in the burglary.
The woman then left the house and called police from a neighbor's home. Police said she described the suspect as a man in his late teens to early 20s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.
Cablevision, which owns Newsday, said in a statement Wednesday morning that the company is fully cooperating with the police investigation.
"We remind our customers, and the general public, that all authorized Cablevision/Optimum technicians wear uniforms, carry identification, and travel in marked vehicles at all times," Cablevision said in a statement.