Sunday, April 21, 2013

College Hill House Burglarized While Men Distract Residents

An elderly College Hill couple's house was burglarized Friday afternoon, after two men kept the residents occupied on false pretences, Easton Police report.

On April 19, at approximately 2 p.m., the two residents were outside when they were approached by the men, who posed as contractors and/or Verizon employees, police said.

One man reportedly told the female resident that the pair was there to repair a neighbor's fence, while the other man told the woman's husband that they were Verizon employees replacing telephone poles in the neighborhood.

While speaking with the husband, the second man was reportedly talking on his cell phone  with a third man, who he called "Billy".

At some point while the couple was occupied speaking with the two men, their house in the 600 block of Reeder Street was burgled, police said.

Cash and coins were reportedly among the items taken.

The first man was described to police as a middle-aged white male, about 5-feet-7-inches tall, about 190 pounds, with short brown hair. He was wearing khaki pants and bluish
short-sleeved shirt.

One witness added that he had “a big smile and all of his teeth”

The second man was described as amiddle-aged white or Hispanic male, about 5-feet-9-inches tall, about 160 pounds, with short dark hair and dark eyes. He was  wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved shirt. Additionally, he was reported to have "a wrap" around his right hand.

"The public should be cognizant of this incident in the event a similar ploy is tried on anybody else in the future," EPD warned in a media release.

Anyone with any information about this incident or similar ones is asked to contact Detective Christopher Miller of the Easton Police Department at 610-250-6656 or the Easton police tipline 610-250-6635.

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