The Nassau County Police Department has issued a warning to seniors in residential areas, two days after an in a Massapequa Park burglary Tuesday.
The crime alert was sent out following a second incident Wednesday in Jericho.
Police are telling seniors to be on the lookout for: "persons posing as utility workers or home repair workers who have engaged in the deception/distraction technique."
The burglars, "lure unsuspecting seniors away from their open doors or entice them to other areas of their home while an accomplice enters the home in search of valuables," police said.
On Tuesday an elderly man was decorating his home on Philadelphia Avenue in Massapequa Park when somebody claiming to be from the power company distracted him. He said he needed to do work behind the house and lured the victim to the back yard for about 20 minutes. Later, jewelry was found missing from the home.
Wednesday's incident involved an 84-year-old Jericho man. He answered a knock on his door and was asked if he wanted his gutters cleaned.
The elderly man was lured to the kitchen but became suspicious and said he was going to call police. The suspect in the kitchen and a second person who was upstairs ran out of the house.
Police are urging residents to call 911 if they see suspicious people or vehicles.