PERTH AMBOY – A pair of fake utility workers tricked a Columbus Avenue couple into letting them inside their home and stole some envelopes of cash from a bedroom dresser, according to police.
On Friday, March 23, at 2:38 p.m., police were dispatched to the 700 block of Columbus Circle to investigate the reported theft. The victim told police that he was sitting on a chair in his driveway when he was approached by two men. One of the men stated that there was a water main break up the street and he needed to shut his water meter off.
While the victim stayed downstairs with one of the supposed utility workers looking for the meter, the second one made his way upstairs through the garage. Once upstairs the second “utility worker” entered a bedroom and opened a dresser drawer and removed some envelopes of cash. That “utility worker” also had a short conversation with the victim’s wife about their families. When he was done talking he went back down the stairs with the first man. Both left walking in an unknown direction.
According to police, the suspects are two Hispanic men who were both wearing blue utility shirts and blue long pants. One man is over six feet tall with black curly hair. The other one is shorter. One had some type of I.D. badge around his neck.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Detective Bureau at 1-732-324-3829.
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