Fake City Worker Steals Money, Wife's Ashes From Homeowner: Cops

Police say the suspect stole a safe contained $4,000 in U.S. currency, a $25,000 coin collection, a deed to the victim’s property, the title to his vehicle, insurance paperwork and his deceased wife’s urn containing her ashes.

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    Philadelphia Police

    Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole from a Philadelphia homeowner while impersonating a city worker.

    On January 25, police responded to a burglary report on Walley Road. When they arrived they were met by a 71-year-old man. The homeowner told police a man knocked on his door around 9:30 a.m. that morning claiming he worked for the city and needed to check the wires behind his home. The man then allegedly kept the homeowner occupied for 30 minutes, taking him back into the house to “check his water pipes” and then to the back of his home. Police say the suspect then told the homeowner he had to go to his vehicle to get some paperwork. The suspect was last seen driving southbound on Walley Road and never returned.

    Police say the victim walked back into his home and saw that his front door which had been locked, was open. He checked inside and discovered that his large metal stand up safe was missing from the middle bedroom. Police say the safe contained $4,000 in U.S. currency, a $25,000 coin collection, a deed to the victim’s property, the title to his vehicle, insurance paperwork and his deceased wife’s urn containing her ashes.

    Credit: Philadelphia Police

    The suspect is described as medium to heavily built unshaven white male. He was last seen wearing a ¾ length dark coat with light dress pants. His vehicle is described as a late model Silver mini-van, possibly a Chrysler.

    Police released a sketch of the suspect. If you have any information on the man’s identity, please call Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153 or call 911.