Near Wilmington, Del. -- The New Castle County Police responded to another distraction type burglary last Friday where an 85-year-old woman was the victim.
On Friday, October 2, New Castle County Police responded to the 200 block of Westmoreland Avenue in the community of Bellemoor for the report of a burglary. Arriving officers made contact with the 85-year-old victim. She advised that a white male came to her door claiming to be with the water company and stated that he needed see her water meter in her basement.
She advised that he was very persistent and insisted that he see the water meter. She eventually let him in and the two walked into the basement. The victim advised that after about 10 minutes he left the residence. She noted two other white males with him.
The victim didn’t notice anything amiss until speaking with a family member and telling them the story about the subjects visiting. She then checked her residence and noticed a significant amount of jewelry missing.
The subject at the door was described as a white male with an olive complexion and a rough facial complexion possibly indicating an acne issue. He was wearing a plain black jacket and had straight black hair. The other two suspects were only described as being white males, one with black hair and the other with blonde hair.
The New Castle County Police want to remind all residents of the county that any utility company employee will have some form of identification that clearly shows they are with the company they are representing. Most companies conducting door services or home visits will have identification. The New Castle County Police want to stress to residents that if you cannot verify the legitimacy of a person representing a company, DO NOT let them in. Call the company to verify their identification or call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Anyone with information for this incident should call the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 573-2800 or can visit our website at www.nccpd.com. Any resident in the area with video surveillance is asked to contact NCCPD to see if any pertinent information was captured.
Tipsters may also call Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all IPhone and Android smartphones.