Three Armed Men Who Posed As Child Welfare Workers Busted For Attempted Bronx Robbery

Published on February 22, 2017, 4:55 pm
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A trio of armed crooks posing as ACS workers tried to rob a Bronx woman after convincing her 5-year-old son to let them inside their home, police sources said Wednesday.

The men knocked on the door of the 36-year-old victim’s home on Paulding Avenue near Poplar St. in Morris Park Tuesday morning.

When the victim’ 5-year-old son answered, the men burst inside, announcing they were from the Administration for Children’s Services — even though two of them were wearing CSI caps — and were investigating a child abuse complaint. Two of the men were carrying guns.

But the mom didn’t buy their story and furiously berated them, scaring them off. The woman’s 12-year-old son was also home.

The victim chased the crooks as they fled in a gray Honda Accord and remembered enough of the license plate for cops to track down the vehicle a short time later.

Police found the two hats and pair of guns — a Glock 26 and a starter’s pistol — inside the car after getting a search warrant.

Investigators arrested Anthoni Brito, 17, Sonyeris Ceballos, 22, and Manuel Santo, 28, for attempted robbery, attempted weapons possession and attempted criminal impersonation, officials said.

Detectives are now trying to figure out if the suspects are behind any other unsolved robberies.


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