- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Three suspects have been arrested on hate crimes charges in a series of burglaries that targeted elderly victims in Queens.

Prosecutors said Wednesday the trio used various deceptions to gain entry into the elderly homes, such as pretending to be a victim’s granddaughter, a former neighbor or another victim. The burglaries happened in Jackson Heights, Flushing and Maspeth.

The three were arrested on various charges including burglary as a hate crime, larceny as a hate crime, and criminal possession of stolen property.

Prosecutors identified the suspects as 35-year-old Tony Cristo, his ex-wife Teresa Howard and his sister, 42-year-old Rosie Cristo, all of Maspeth. Information on their lawyers was not immediately available.

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