Linden Senior Robbed

LINDEN – An 81-year-old Linden woman was the victim of a diversion burglary last week, according to police.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, the victim was stopped outside the rear door of her home on the 1300 block of Clinton Street. A white or Hispanic man in his early 50s, about 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with “large” cheeks and brownish blonde hair pointed out various repairs that needed to be performed on her home, she told police.


The suspect even offered landscaping services at a cheap price, she told police. During the conversation, the man led her to the side of her home while talking on a cell phone. After approximately 30 minutes, he left abruptly in an unknown direction, the victim told police.

When the victim entered her residence, she noticed that the front door was open. She discovered that someone had broken the closet door in her bedroom and taken her pocketbook and a lockbox safe. The safe contained cash, both dollars and euros, worth approximately $90,000 and various jewelry worth approximately $8,000, police said. The pocketbook contained several credit cards.

The victim told police that she only saw one suspect.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Andrew Spano at 1-908-474-8552 or email

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