Con-man claims to be embassy soldier in wire-fraud scam

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge–Dyker Heights

Fraudulent activity

A con-man screwed a Third Avenue man out of $1,200 in a wire fraud scheme on Jan. 26, police said.

The man received a call at his apartment near 100th Street around 2 pm from a man claiming to be a sergeant at the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

The fraudster told the man he had his grandson in cuffs and the victim needed to wire over the cash to get him out, cops said. So the victim went to Western Union and wired the money to a man in the Dominican Republic.

Jewel heist

A jewelry thief broke into a home on 74th Street sometime between Jan. 24 and Jan. 29, police said.

The victim told police she left her home near 13th Avenue around noon on Jan. 24 and came back five days later around 7 am. Once she arrived, she discovered a jewelry box missing and jewelry missing from another box, police said. There were no signs of forced entry, police reported.

Cornered home

Two robbers cornered a man at his home on 72nd Street on Jan. 26, police said.

The victim said he was in his home near 10th Avenue at 11 pm when the two brutish bandits pushed him against the front door. They searched his pockets, netted $60, and fled, a police report stated.

No video evidence is available, according to cops.

Cash grab

A burglar hit a woman’s Shore Road apartment and stole a trove of cash on Jan. 20, according to a police report.

The victim left her home near 93rd Street around 4 pm and came back later that night around 1:30 am to find her front door unlocked. One of her drawers was open and someone had taken a stash of $10,000 she had there, police said.

High-tech heist

A bandit snuck into a man’s home on Eighth Avenue while he was on vacation from Jan. 21 through Jan. 26, according to police.

The man returned to his home between 67th and 68th streets on Jan. 26 around 5 pm to find his apartment door closed, but unlocked. He walked in and found someone had pushed in an air conditioning unit in a bedroom window facing Eighth Avenue and grabbed a Playstation 4, video games, a watch, and a pair of Beats headphones.

— Dennis Lynch and Anna Ruth Ramos

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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