COLLEGEVILLE PA – Upper Providence police are searching for a trio of “suspicious persons” who allegedly posed as electricians or utility workers and entered the property of an elderly Collegeville home owner, in what seems to have been an attempt to steal belongings of value, the township department reported Monday (Jan. 15, 2018).
The home owner and an accompanying daughter apparently were not injured during the incident, which occurred Friday (Jan. 12) at about 5 p.m. in the 300 block of Woodlyn Drive, but “several drawers throughout the home were found to have been opened and gone through,” police reported. It had not been determined then, they said in a notice on Facebook, if any items were stolen.
Two men came to the home’s front door during the early evening, the victims reported, and claimed “they were installing a new electric line and needed to come inside.” The men, they added, were “pushy as they entered the home.”
Both the home owner and daughter accompanied the suspicious pair to the basement, where the men located their electrical breaker box and turned off power to the house. Moments later, police said, the daughter “heard someone walking around upstairs.” The home owners went to investigate and found a third male inside then house.
All three men then “abruptly left the residence without saying anything,” according to the report. The ransacked drawers were discovered as or after they fled the scene, in what police say was a “newer model, gray-colored Toyota Tundra with matching cap, tinted front windows, and last seen with a possible spare tire or rim on the driver’s side front.”
All three men were described as being Hispanic. One was described as wearing a red jacket with fluorescent markings.
Anyone able to identify the individuals or who can provide additional information is asked to call department Det. Eric J. Smith at 484-391-2308, or send him an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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