Distraction Burglary Arrest In Bellport

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Suffolk County Police arrested two men they say burglarized an elderly woman’s home last week by utilizing a home repair scam.

Police say Bruce Wimmer and Michael Windland entered a 92-year-old female’s home in Bellport on August 16 at approximately 2 p.m. by pretending to be chimney cleaners. 

The men identified themselves as employees of a company called N.Y. Finest Home Improvements and said they were performing a chimney inspection, according to police, and while one of the men distracted the resident, the other stole $130 cash from church envelopes and $35 cash from bank envelopes.

Police say they also stole a quantity of the victim’s prescription drugs.  The men quoted a price of $3,000 for unnecessary chimney work and offered to drive the victim to her bank to withdraw the money, according to police.

The victim declined and the suspects made arrangements to do the work on a later date. After the individuals left, the victim became suspicious and contacted police.

Michael Windland, 28, of Lake Ronkonkoma was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bruce Wimmer, 32, of Bohemia, was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree.  Police say both men are prior convicted felons.

Fifth Squad detectives are seeking to identify any other potential victims of these individuals. If you feel you may have been a victim of this scam, you are urged to contact the Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552.