Distraction burglary thwarted

An attempt at a distraction burglary ended Tuesday when one of the would-be thieves encountered a resident around 4 p.m., according to police.

According to the couple, a gray car pulled into an Old Black Rock Turnpike driveway. Two men got out, both wearing what were described as “track suits.” The driver went to the door, and asked the man who answered to follow him to the backyard. He told the man he was a surveyor there to build a fence.

The other man then walked into the unlocked door. Once inside, he encountered the resident’s wife, who asked who he was. He told her they were landscapers and her husband was in the back yard with his partner.

The intruder walked outside and got back into the car.

When the driver saw his partner get back in the car, he told the resident he had to go and left.

The men were described as “Eastern European,” and smelling of “strong cologne.”

No further description of the men or the suspects is available.

Sgt. Suzanne Lussier urged residents to be wary of people who approach without advance notice to discuss jobs, and advised residents to call police if there is any questions about who is knocking on the door.

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