BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ-- The Bordentown Township Police Department (BTPD) is advising the public about a distraction/imposter burglary attempt that occurred Friday afternoon in the Township.
At approximately 2:50pm on Friday, October 16, a male and female, both described as having olive complexions, visited a home on Heiser Avenue and claimed to be representatives of the water department. The suspects walked into the victim's home under the premise that there was a water issue, and attempted to distract the homeowner by turning on faucets in the home while the other suspect searched for items to possibly steal.
The homeowner became skeptical and called a friend, which caused the suspects to flee in a white short-cab pickup truck with a yellow light on its roof. It is possible the vehicle had New Jersey license plates.
This method of operation is consistent with distraction/imposter burglaries. Distraction burglary is a crime in which elderly persons are often the targets. The perpetrator seeks to draw a resident out of the house on a pretext. While the resident is occupied, an accomplice enters the home and steals valuables such as money and jewelry.
To prevent distraction burglary, the BTPD urges residents to be suspicious of anyone who comes to their door under any of these circumstances. In the case of someone claiming to be on official business, the BTPD says that it is a good idea to ask for identification, but unfortunately, that can be faked. Instead, the BTPD advises to call the agency and confirm that there are legitimate workers in the area or immediately contact Township Police.
Anyone with information about today's incident is asked to contact Township Police at 609-298-4300.