Trio sentenced in robbery spree targeting elderly residents

July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say three Queens suspects have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for a series of robberies in which they targeted elderly residents in their homes.

The robberies happened in Jackson Heights, Flushing and Maspeth during the summer of 2016.

Prosecutors say the trio tricked their victims, often pretending to be a granddaughter or a former neighbor. They also used a pre-teen girl to distract the homeowners and steal their money and valuables.

Two of the defendants, 37-year-old Tony Cristo and his ex-wife, 38-year-old Teresa Howard, pleaded guilty to burglary as a hate crime. They got 10 years in prison.

The third suspect, 34-year-old Rose Cristo, sister of Tony Cristo, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary as a hate crime. She got 3 and ½ years in prison.

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