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Police Ask for Public’s Help in Catching Crooks who Posed as Water Company Employees to Rob Bergen Street Home


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Piscataway Police posted a message on their Facebook page in assistance with the South Plainfield Police who are looking for the public’s help in identifying this vehicle and the suspects involved in a Bergen Street burglary.

According to police, on Dec. 29th a resident of Bergen Street fell victim to a water company burglary diversion. A suspect approached the residence, identified himself as a water company employee, even showing some sort of ID and telling the resident their water was contaminated due to a gas leak. The victim let the suspect enter the house at which point the suspect had the victim and her elderly husband go into the basement and bang on the pipes.

While the victims were in the basement, two other suspects entered the residence. The suspects ransacked a bedroom and stole over $4,000 in cash, $10,500 in gold and jewelry and an undetermined amount from a coin collection. The victims did not realize anything was missing until the following day.

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Video surveillance was obtained from the area. The suspects appear to walk from New Market Ave. down Bergen Street. They fled the residence carrying armfuls of items toward New Market Ave.

A possible vehicle utilized by the suspects appears to possibly be a Silver Honda Odyssey or similar type vehicle. The victim described one of the suspects as a white male in his 30's, 5'11", 200 lbs with brown eyes and dark stubble facial hair, wearing a blue jacket, blue Dickie work pants, and a winter hat.

These suspects could be involved in other similar incidents throughout the area, including home improvement scams. If anyone witnessed anything in this area on Dec. 29th between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, or recently had any home improvement solicitors come to their residence, please contact Detective Joe Indano at 908-226-7663, or jindano@sppolice.com. The police will accept anonymous tips.

Police advise the public to be vigilant and to look out for neighbors and “if you ever have someone coming to your home asking for access to inspect your utilities request ID and carefully examine it, take note of any vehicles, and if you are unsure call the utility company. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe CALL THE POLICE.”

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