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

(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. (Read more Staten Island stories.)

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