Two Women Arrested; Allegedly Tricked Way into Homes to Rob Residents

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After a so-called “reverse 911” advisory, two women were arrested for allegedly tricking elderly people to steal stuff out of their homes.

Police recently sent out advisory, warning residents that a group of people have been tricking elderly people into letting suspects into their homes, only to have the people steal items once inside.

Parts of Perry Avenue, Fruitridge Road, 63rd Street, 2nd Avenue, Mack Road and Maple Drive were hit by the suspects between Dec. 29 and Jan. 21.

In one incident on Jan. 21, two women knocked on the door of a resident near 2nd Avenue and 61st Street and asked if their child could use the restroom. The resident was skeptical of the group, but the two women then opened the screen door and pushed the resident aside.

Two more men also made their way inside along with the women. The resident talked to the group and was able to get them to leave once she called on the intercom for her son, but she soon discovered that her purse was missing.

Police later arrested Helen Costello, 43, and Shirley Costello, 22, that day after another resident reported a similar incident.

Both women are said to be still in custody.


Mugshots: Shirley and Helen Costello.

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