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Phony repairman distracts Valley Stream couple so partner can steal cash, cops say

An 81-year-old Valley Stream couple was burglarized Monday evening when someone posing as a utilities repairman entered their home and distracted them while an accomplice stole money from them, Nassau police said.

The burglary at the North Cottage Street home of the man and woman, both 81 years old, occurred after a man who knocked on their door about 6 p.m., identified himself as a water department employee and asked to check the water pressure in the home's basement, according to Fourth Squad detectives.

Police said the fake repairman distracted the victims for about 15 minutes, long enough for his partner to enter the home and steal the couple's cash while the fake repairman and the couple were in the basement. The residents didn't notice the money was missing until Tuesday, police said. They called police and learned that the water company did not send anyone to the area that day.

The fake repairman was described as being 30 to 40 years of age, 5-foot-10 with an average build and dark hair, wearing a light-colored T-shirt, shorts and a lanyard around his neck.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

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