Two robberies have residents on edge

(07/26/03) MOUNT VERNON - Two Westchester families suffered home invasion robberies last week. On Wednesday, two men invaded a house on Kings Bridge Road in Mount Vernon. The day before, there was another robbery in Pelham Manor. Police say the two incidents are unrelated.

On Wednesday, two men who posed as cops during a home invasion at the house in Mount Vernon left something important behind; their pictures, which were taken by the homeowner's surveillance cameras.

Mayor Ernest Davis and Police Commissioner Bernice Kennedy released the pictures Thursday hoping someone will recognize the men and call investigators.

Police say two Hispanic men posing as cops came to the house on Wednesday, demanding money. According to police, they pushed a woman down and forced her into a closet. The woman wasn't seriously hurt.

Commissioner Kennedy says the men apparently knew their pictures were being taken, but they didn't know there were two camera systems. Police say when they entered the premises, the suspects took one of the tapes without realizing there was another system recording them at another location.

Police are not sure why the two men invaded the house and are still investigating what was taken.

One day earlier, on Tuesday morning, there was another robbery. This incident took place in Pelham Manor, but cops said it is unrelated to the Wednesday robbery in Mount Vernon. Police said two suspects broke in to a house on Priory Lane. The gun-wielding robbers woke up a 62-year-old man and his daughter.

The two men then locked the man and his daughter in the boiler room, where they were trapped for more than three hours. What the thieves did not find was another 84-year-old resident in the home, who slept through the entire ordeal.

Police say if you recognize the men in the pictures or have any information about either case, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-898-TIPS.

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