2002-02-16 / Front Page

Rumors Wrong, No Rash Of Push-Ins

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Despite rumors to the contrary that are rapidly spreading in the west end of the peninsula, there has been no rash of push-in robberies in Rockaway during the past week.

Numerous calls to The Wave has passed on the "tip" that such robberies took place, that a person came to a number of doors selling candy. The rumors told that if a man came to the door, the person would leave, but if it were a women, then the person would barge into the house, steal whatever was quickly at hand and then flee. Some of the tipsters said that the person had been arrested, others that the person was still free. Some said that the person was a woman, others that it was a man, still others that it was a man impersonating a woman.

According to police sources, the story is more mundane.

On Thursday night a week ago, a woman who had bought candy from some kids raising money for their school heard her doorbell ring again only minutes later.

She opened the door without checking, thinking that it was the children once again.

It turned out, however, to be a man who tried to push past her into the house.

The woman’s dog came to her rescue and attacked the man and he fled the scene.

He has not been found by police.

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