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Police: Three Elderly Women Held at Gunpoint in Westbury

Man followed woman into home, demanded jewelry, cops say

Following a string of residential burglaries and an increased police presence in the Westbury/Carle Place area, the Third Squad is investigating a burglary on Jan. 10 where three elderly women were held at gunpoint for their jewelry, police said.

Nassau County detectives said the burglary occurred around 2 p.m. when a white male, approximately 50 years old, entered an unlocked side door at a residence on 5th Avenue. Police said the suspect followed an 83-year-old female visitor into the home and confronted her, along with a 90-year-old woman and an 86-year-old female, who were already inside the home. The suspect displayed a handgun, took jewelry from a jewelry box and fled the scene in a gray, four-door Honda, said police.

Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, as of Jan. 13, said the investigation is ongoing and described the incident as “a crime of opportunity,” but one unrelated to recent burglaries involving home robberies and the elderly on the south shore, police told Cavallaro.

Cavallaro noted that police have gathered evidence, which may assist in the investigation, but could not divulge specifics. The suspect is described as having a medium to heavy build, approximately 6 feet tall, some gray hair and wearing a gray sweatshirt.  

No injuries were reported at the scene. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are confidential and all callers will remain anonymous.