Three men dressed as utility workers forced their way into...

Three men dressed as utility workers forced their way into a North Hills home, passed a caretaker and then threw a person to the ground, police said. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County police were searching Tuesday for three men who, disguised as utility workers, forced their way into a North Hills home with a gun, pushing a 69-year-old woman down in the process.

At 11:20 a.m. Monday, the three men rang the doorbell of a Folie Court home while dressed in fluorescent jackets, pants, hard hats, gloves and face masks, claiming to check on a gas leak, police said.

When the home's caretaker, a 35-year-old man, answered the door, the men forced their way into the home, brandishing a small black handgun, police said.

Once inside, they threw the 69-year-old homeowner to the floor and held her there.

The victims then started screaming and the three men left the home, fleeing toward Shelter Rock Road. The trio escaped with an undetermined amount of property, police said.

There were no injuries reported, police said.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the attack to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS or 911.

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