Police warn public following “distraction” burglaries

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have issued a warning to the public following burglaries in Norwalk and Greenwich, in which the suspects in question posed as utility workers to gain entry into homes, and “distract” homeowners from their accomplices.

Early Wednesday evening, a man reached out to an elderly homeowner on Ward Street in Norwalk, telling her he needed to check on the power service inside. While he claimed to be working in the basement with the resident, his accomplice entered and burgled the main floor of the home.

The suspect with whom the homeowner had contact is described as a white male, roughly 5′ 7″ with a dark beard. He was wearing a dark brown jacket and dark pants. Norwalk Police have urged the public,

“You should not let anyone into your home who you do not know or with whom you did not have a previously arranged appointment. Always ask for identification and do not hesitate to call the company and verify the identification. Residents can also contact the police department if they have any concerns.”

The following day in Greenwich, an elderly woman on Arther Street was similarly victimized. A man came to her door claiming to work with the water company, and even provided some sort of identification. She allowed him in to, purportedly, check the water pressure, as an additional three suspects filed into her home. The elderly woman was, police say, very scared, and began to yell, saying she would contact police, at which point all four suspects left without taking anything.

The suspects were described as having a dark or olive complexion, wearing grey pants. The homeowner is unsure, but thinks they may have had matching tops and bottoms.

Greenwich Police have asked anyone with any relevant information to contact them.

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