Elderly Couple Prey to Scam at Home, Alert from Hopewell Township Police

    On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3pm, an elderly couple from Pennington-Lawrenceville Road was solicited by two men to have their driveway seal-coated for $600.00 cash. The victims allowed one of the men into their home and he followed the victims to a bedroom where the money was stored. The perpetrators then left the scene in a grey pickup truck with no front license plate.

    The next day, Friday July 21 at 2pm, two different men came to their door and falsely informed them that they were Hopewell Township Public Works employees who needed to do tree work in their backyard and asked them to come look at the work area. The couple and the man proceeded to the backyard for approximately 30 minutes. When the men left, the couple went inside and realized that a large sum of cash had been taken from their bedroom.

    The couple was able to provide a description of one of the men as follows; Hispanic male in his mid -20’s with a skinny build and very bad teeth with a gold plate or bridge in his mouth. The other men were also described as being Hispanic.

    The investigation is on-going.

    As a reminder to all residents, whenever a utility worker comes to your home and asks to do work, ask for full identification and make sure they are in proper uniform. If you are not sure who the person is call 9-1-1 and do not let them in your home.

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