From the Daily News:
A band of gypsies that targets the elderly is being sought for a months-long string of burglaries in at least three boroughs - and may also be wanted in other states, police sources said.
The roaming drifters posed as utility workers "checking for leaks." They've looted at least 10 homes in Queens and the Bronx since September, but may be connected to similar burglaries in Brooklyn, the sources said.
Investigators have identified Steve Demetro and 29-year-old John George as suspects in four burglaries in Astoria and six around Throgs Neck in the Bronx, sources said.
The pair are part of a group of gypsies that authorities believe may be traveling from state to state, conning senior citizens to get inside their homes and steal their personal belongings.
In each case, the scammers knock on the door of an elderly resident's home with the ruse that they are responding to a service issue. As one suspect chats up the homeowner, another roams around inside and bags the loot, sources said.