LINDEN – Police are advising city residents not to allow any unexpected visitors into their homes without first verifying their presence with a phone call to their employer or the police after two recent burglaries.
On Oct. 10, an 88-year-old DeWitt Street man reported being burglarized. He told police that a man presenting himself as a city employee came to his door to check property lines. The victim allowed the suspect to inspect his property. A short time later, the victim discovered that approximately $20,000 in cash plus gold coins and jewelry were missing from his dresser and an unlocked safe, police said.
The suspect, a white man in his 40s, about 5’9”, 170 lbs., had a white beard and eyeglasses. He was wearing a plaid shirt, light-colored pants and a navy blue hat with “City of Linden” printed on it. He drove off in a silver club cab pick-up truck, the victim reported to police.
On Oct 7, a 73-year-old West Morris Avenue woman reported an attempted burglary. A white or Hispanic man in his 20s came to her door and told her there was a water main break in the area, she told police. She allowed him into her second floor apartment to check the water faucets.
A few minutes later, the victim noticed two other men in her bedroom, looking through her purse and going through her closet, she told police. The men left her home and were seen running eastbound on West Morris Avenue. She did not report anything missing, police said.
Police ask anyone who might be able to offer information on either crime to call Detective Andrew Spano of the Criminal Investigations Unit at 1-908-474-8552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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