Police say they’ve caught the man responsible for a pair of burglaries in Brighton Beach that targeted the elderly.
We first told you about the hunt for the perp on January 24, writing that cops were seeking a suspect in two burglaries in which the perpetrator gained the confidence of his victims before stealing their cash and jewelry.
Now they’ve arrested Salvador Morales, 58, of Washington Heights, and charged him with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession on Friday.
In the two incidents, Morales allegedly followed the seniors to their buildings in Brighton Beach.
[Morales] told them he was their upstairs neighbor and that water was leaking from his unit into their apartment, according to police.
He said he wanted to inspect the damage so he could pay for them, police said. He then asked the victims for change for a $100 bill so he could leave $50. While in the apartment, he took jewelry and money.
The victims include an 89-year-old woman robbed on December 24 and an 88-year-old woman this past Sunday. The suspect took about $2,400 in cash and several items of jewelry from both. No one was hurt.