Armed crooks posing as plumbers con their way into Bronx home, beat and torture victims for 15 hours

Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News
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A pair of armed crooks posing as plumbers conned their way into a Bronx apartment, where they held two people captive for 15 hours, beating and torturing them with a hot iron, cops said Thursday.

The robbers, sporting reflective vests and carrying a tool bag, showed up at the home near E. 227th St. and Barnes Ave. in Edenwald about 3 p.m. Monday, claiming they had been called to fix the plumbing, cops said.

When they were let inside, the robbers pulled a gun and tied up the 28-year-old man and 35-year-old man who were home, demanding their cash.

For the next 15 hours, the crooks beat the two men — even burning the younger man’s back with a hot iron, officials said.

About 6:40 a.m. the next morning, after both attackers eventually fell asleep, the younger victim managed to break free from his bonds and run out of the apartment for help.

When police arrived, the gunmen were gone along with about $2,000 in cash and a cellphone from the apartment. They have not been caught. The older victim was also nowhere to be found when cops arrived.

Medics took the beaten and burned victim to Montefiore Medical Center.

Cops on Thursday released a surveillance image of the two crooks entering the home in the hopes someone recognizes them. One is wearing a blue surgical mask while the other is wearing a more colorful face covering.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.