Phony Relief Worker Busted in NYC

He posed as Red Cross volunteer to break into homes

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:07 AM CST

(Newser) – A New York City criminal who spied opportunity after superstorm Sandy struck has been arrested for allegedly posing as a Red Cross worker to break into evacuated homes, the New York Daily News reports. The 49-year-old, who has a criminal record going back decades, was arrested after cops spotted him peering into windows on hard-hit Staten Island. Alfonso Manzo was wearing a Red Cross jacket and initially claimed to be a volunteer, but later confessed that he wasn't affiliated with the organization or trying to help storm victims.

The man was arrested as he peered into the windows of Staten island homes.
The man was arrested as he peered into the windows of Staten island homes.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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