Upper Saucon Police Issue Warning to Residents
In three separate incidents, unidentified men enter homes under false pretenses.
Upper Saucon was one of three municipalities hit by scam artists Wednesday afternoon.
The first involved two unidentified men who entered an elderly woman's home by identifying themselves as water department officials. The man, who police described as "a heavyset Hispanic...wearing a blue sweatshirt" entered the woman's home under the guise of doing work for the water department.
A second man, described as a "thin Hispanic," is believed to have entered the residence and attempted to steal items while the first man and the resident were in the basement looking at the woman's pipes.
When the woman began to question the first man about the wasting of her water, police say he offered to pay her for the water and then quickly left the residence, driving from the scene with his companion in a newer model grey Dodge Durango which had its tailgate open.
According to police officials, the second incident was reported approximately 20 minutes after the first incident. A man identifying himself as working for the water department was let into an Upper Saucon home by the homeowner. The man then turned on the water, told the homeowner not to drink tap water for two hours, and left in a gray SUV. The man showed no official identification. Nothing was removed from the home. "We're not sure of the man's intentions," said police Chief Robert Coyle.
The third incident was reported to Fountain Hill police, and had similar characteristics. "It looks like we're dealing with the same people in all three incidents," said Coyle.
"Please be aware of this activity and the potential vulnerability of your neighbors, elderly, handicapped or otherwise, and report all suspicious activity to your local police immediately," the statement issued by Lower Saucon police Wednesday evening said.
Police added that both the Lower Saucon and Upper Saucon residents approached by the men Wednesday are elderly and live in homes which have "wooden handicap ramps plainly visible from the street."
Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or who has witnessed suspicious activity, is asked to contact the Upper Saucon Police Department at 610-282-3064.