Bogus Buyers Steal at NYC Apt. Showings

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Thieves posing as potential buyers took advantage of open house showings of high-end apartments to make off with a diamond ring and other valuables, police and a broker said.
Police were searching early Friday for two suspects, who had been captured on security cameras at some of the four Manhattan buildings they targeted within the last three weeks.
The targeted apartments were on the Upper East and

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thieves posing as potential buyers took advantage of open house showings of high-end apartments to make off with a diamond ring and other valuables, police and a broker said.

Police were searching early Friday for two suspects, who had been captured on security cameras at some of the four Manhattan buildings they targeted within the last three weeks.

The targeted apartments were on the Upper East and Upper West sides, some of Manhattan's most desirable neighborhoods.

The suspects, who police said appeared to be women, worked in tandem to pull off the heists, police said. One would distract the broker showing the apartment while the other snatched jewelry, clothing and other items.

A real estate agent spied one of the suspects apparently taking something at a Sunday showing, according to a blog maintained by Prudential Douglas Elliman vice president Douglas Heddings.

"When confronted, the two women dropped most but not all of what they had stolen and dashed out of the building," Heddings wrote. The thieves did make off with the seller's diamond engagement ring and another, heirloom ring, he wrote.

Heddings declined to comment further Thursday.

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