LINDEN – Police are seeking a man and a woman who stole approximately $20,000 worth of jewelry from an 82-year-old Linden woman after distracting her with a roof repair scam, authorities said.
The woman, who lives on the 2800 block of Bradbury Avenue in the Sunnyside section of Linden, was robbed on Friday, April 13. The victim told police that a woman who identified herself as “Julie” rang her doorbell and told the victim that she noticed her roof had a leak.
“Julie” then asked for a glass of water and the victim let her inside. A few minutes later, a man rang the doorbell and also told the victim about the roof leak, offering to repair it for $100. The victim gave him the money, and both he and “Julie” promised to return on Wednesday to fix the roof.
The next morning, the victim noticed that her jewelry was missing when she went to get a pair of earrings.
According to the description provided to police, “Julie” is white, about 40 years old, 5’ 5”, 130 lbs. with shoulder-length dark hair. The man is white, approximately 50 years old, 5’ 7”, 230 lbs. with short dark hair. They left in a dark gray van.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Det. David Dehler at 1-908-474-8538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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