MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police are warning residents not to allow strangers into their homes after residents were scammed Thursday afternoon as part of a burglary.

Police reported that a residence on Marts Lane had had items stolen after a man told residents there that his company had been contacted by the water department to check on a water main break in the area and needed to make sure that nobody was drinking the water.  

The culprit asked to see the pipes in the basement and closed the front door on his way into the house, following both residents to the basement. He began checking pipes. During this time, he used his phone and was speaking Spanish, speaking English to the residents.  

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The culprit was described as 5’7-5’10, 180 lbs., mid 40’s, light skinned or possibly Caucasian.  He might have been missing a tooth. He wore a lanyard around his neck that had an unknown identification card in it. His clothing was described as a dark, work-type jacket, grey or dark work pants, short boots and a Yankees baseball hat.

The victims later discovered items had been taken from their home by an unknown second person.

If anyone saw or encountered this person please call the Montville Township Police Department at 973-257-4300.

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