Two men wearing NYPD-branded sweats and surgical masks — with one of them wearing an apparently fake badge — tied up and robbed a family in an exclusive Bronx neighborhood early Tuesday morning, law enforcement sources said.
Police are actively searching for the two suspects, described as white males in their 50s.
The attack took place on Country Club Road, in the neighborhood of the same name just off Eastchester Bay.
The female owner of the house told police she was tied up by the robbers, but was eventually able to get out of the house and go across the street to her neighbor.
Police found a man zip-tied in the house. According to a senior law enforcement official, the female homeowner, identified as the man’s ex-wife, showed up during the home invasion.
The men allegedly took $30,000 in cash, at least $100,000 in jewelry, her phone and her car, a white BMW, police say. The car was subsequently recovered about a mile away, still running near the Bruckner Expressway.
One official said that the victim reported both assailants were wearing NYPD sweatshirts and sweatpants and gray bubble vests. One of the suspects was wearing a purported imitation badge around his neck.
However, according to the senior law enforcement official, the heist has some anomalies such as the robbers didn’t ransack the house and went directly to areas where valuables were located.
The source also notes that the man who answered door was a large man, while the two alleged robbers were very small. It is unknown of they displayed a weapon.
The homeowner and the ex-wife were not hurt. It was unclear why the home was targeted, why the ex-wife happened to be there at the same time as the suspects, and why the suspects dressed as police officers appeared to know where to find the jewelry and cash.
The investigation is ongoing.