Con Artists Rob Elderly Man: Police

Moorestown Police say the "distraction burglary" occurred on South Church Street Thursday.

Police are urging residents to be cautious after a pair of men conned their way into an elderly man's home and robbed him Thursday.

According to Moorestown Police, an olive-skinned man wearing a yellow hard hat and a "work-type shirt" knocked on the elderly man's door on the 200 block of South Church Street around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, posing as an employee of the township's water department.

After being invited in, the suspect led the victim, who believe police was in his 90s, to his bathroom, where they began running the water. Meanwhile, the first suspect's accomplice entered the house and swiped $500 cash and a wallet, police said.

The resident eventually became suspicious, and left the bathroom to find the second suspect—also described as an olive-skinned man, wearing all black—ransacking his bedroom. Both men then fled from the home.

This type of "distraction burglary," in which one suspect poses as a municipal worker whilst the other robs the victim, is "historically a ruse these transient criminals use," said Lt. Lee Lieber.

Police urge residents to share this information with their neighbors, particularly elderly resident, as they're often the targets of these crimes. 

For a crime in progress, call 911. To report anything suspicious or if you have any information, call 856-234-8300.


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