Crime

Man Posing As Meals On Wheels Worker Robs 103-Year-Old Woman

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Police are looking for a man who posed as a Meals On Wheels worker and robbed a 103-year-old woman on New York’s Upper West Side of $250.

The victim, Frances Rudko, told NYPD that the man talked his way into her apartment by asking to use the bathroom.

Investigators with the 24th Prencinct are looking through surveillance footage from the 21-story building.

The man apparently walked past a lobby security guard in the building filled with seniors and disabled tenants April 9, then proceeded upstairs, presumably to the 14th floor where Rudko lives.

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The thief, described as a dark-skinned man about 5-foot-10 with a medium build, told the centenarian he worked for Meals On Wheels.

“He requested to use the rest room, which she allowed him to use. He went deeper into the apartment and broke into her bedroom,” said Capt. Marlon Larin, the commanding officer of the 24th Precinct. “It’s a very sad case.”

Many people in the building live on a fixed income.

“He probably took the last $250 she had,” Larin said.

“She’s pretty shaken up,” Rudko’s 76-year-old son Peter, who also lives in the building, told the Daily News. “But she is getting better.”

Sources: NBC New York, New York Daily News