BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — A man has been arrested in connection with a Brooklyn family that was tied up and robbed of nearly $130,000 in cash and jewelry after a man pretending to be a FedEx delivery man showed up at their door with a fake package, police said Tuesday.
Santiago Mateo, 53, has been charged with robbery, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and unlawful impersonation of a public servant.
Around 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, police allege Mateo, dressed as a FedEx worker, knocked on the door of a Bay Ridge home near Sixth Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue, according to the NYPD.
Once the fake delivery man gained access to the home, security footage from the incident posted on Reddit shows a second man walk up the front steps and enter the home right behind him.
The NYPD said Mateo showed the victims a badge around his neck, telling them he was with the police, while the second man headed upstairs to the second floor of the family’s home.
While upstairs the man ransacked the victims’ bedroom and found a safe in their closet, police said.
Meanwhile, police allege Mateo proceeded to tie up the family using tape, according to authorities. He can be seen aggressively putting tape over the victims’ mouths in the security footage.
Police said the two men left the home through a back door with the family’s safe and then fled in a blue 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a New York license plate reading “HTP 3906.”
The victims told police the two bandits stole about $45,000 in cash and $80,000 worth of jewelry.
Police are still looking for the second suspect.