"Push-in" robbery (1976)

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I was watching an episode of "Law & Order" on TNT, and the elderly  victim
was seemingly killed in a "push-in" robbery. It later developed that  she'd
survived the holocaust and had identified (for a "Shoah" project) a  Nazi guard
who'd committed six murders. The videotape of her moving testimony  was played
at the end of the show.
The revised OED does not have "push-in." (?) The robbery term appears to
have been coined in 1970s New York City.

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_Clinton Admin & Crime in public  Housing_
... Queensbridge. In January a Senior  Citizen was robbed and badly beaten in
push-in robbery  due to the unlocked lobby door of her building. A ...
(http://groups.google.com/group/misc.activism.progressive?lnk=sg&hl=en)  - Feb 7 1994, 8:25 pm by Ray Normandeau - 1 message -
1  author
... This is exactly the MO -- the  "push-in robbery" -- that home invasion
robbers  often
use. From the home-owner's point of view, a home invasion must be  assumed.
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_Elderly  Pair Hang Selves in Fright_
Los Angeles Times  (1886-Current File). Los Angeles, Calif.: Oct 8, 1976. p.
A13 (1 page)
Sgt. Arthur Marini said the Kabels were driven to  despair by push-in
robberies committed by "vicious punks picking on people who  simply cannot resist."
_Many  Elderly in the Bronx Spend Their Lives in Terror of Crime; Many Bronx
Elderly  Spend Their Lives in Terror of Crime _
By JUDY  KLEMESRUD. New York Times (1857-Current file).  New York, N.Y.: Nov
12, 1976. p. 44 (2 pages)
Pg. B6:
Mrs. Lieberman, a gray-haired, sparrow-like woman, was the victim of three
"push-in" robberies, meaning that the criminals waited for her in the hallway
and then pushed her into her apartment as she was unlocking the door. This is
one of the most common crimes against the elderly.
_Police  Unit Hunts Predatory Youths, Aids Their Aged, Terrorized Victims_
By JUDY KLEMESRUD. New York Times  (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Nov
13, 1976. p. 10 (1 page)
The Senior Citizens Robbery Unit is assigned all cases involving indoor
robberies of Bronx victims over the age of 60. Many of these crimes are the
so-called "push-in" jobs that occur when a robber or group of robbers waits in a
hallway for a victim to come home, and then pushed him or her into the

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