Water Co. Impostors Steal From Home: Police

Police are searching for three men who they say stole from an Upper Merion Township home while posing as workers for a water company.

Police say the homeowners were shoveling outside a home on the 300 block of Jefferson Street last Friday when they were approached by an unidentified man.

The homeowners told police the man had an ID badge around his neck and that he claimed he worked for a water company. Investigators say the man then told the homeowners he wanted to check the meter inside their home. The man then entered the home with one of the homeowners.

Police say a second man, also claiming to be a worker with a water company, came to the door of the home and also claimed he had to check inside the house. The second resident took him to a different part of the home while the first resident was still speaking with the first suspect, according to police.

As both homeowners were preoccupied, police say a third suspect entered the home and removed valuables. All three men then left the scene. The homeowners told police they never saw a getaway vehicle.

One of the homeowners, an elderly woman, told NBC10 the men stole a safe with $25,000 inside. This was not confirmed by police however.

The first suspect is described as a 50-year-old, dark-skinned Hispanic male standing 5-foot-6 and weighing 180 pounds with facial stubble. Investigators also say he was wearing a brimmed hat with side flaps and a dark, dirty jacket.

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned, 26-year-old Hispanic man standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 140 pounds with a pierced left eyebrow. He was last seen wearing dark khaki pants and a jacket.

Finally, the third suspect is described as a dark skinned man with dark hair and a stubble.

If you have any information on this incident, please call Detective Elbert Lee at 610-205-8558 or send an email to elee@umtownship.org. 

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