Police: Elderly Great Neck couple targeted by con men

Police are investigating an attempted "deception burglary" targeting an elderly couple in Great Neck.Investigators say the incident happened on Jayson Avenue shortly before 4 p.m.

GREAT NECK - Police are investigating an attempted "deception burglary" targeting an elderly couple in Great Neck.

Investigators say the incident happened on Jayson Avenue shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, when an 81-year-old woman was confronted in her home by a man who told her he worked for the Town of North Hempstead and needed to get into her backyard to install a fence.

The woman didn't believe the suspect and went to call police, at which point the man fled the scene. The victim later learned that her 87-year-old husband was also confronted by another man who asked if he could get into their backyard, police say.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, there have been at least nine similar crimes on the Island since last December.

Police say "deception burglaries" involve thieves masquerading as utility and repair workers to con their way into senior citizens' homes to steal cash and jewelry.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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