Man Posing As Plumber Takes Part In Home Burglary

The Roselle Park Police Department is conducting an investigation into the report of a distraction burglary that occurred on Monday, January 8th around 12:30 p.m.

An investigation revealed that an elderly male resident was targeted when an individual – described as a light skinned male, average build, approximately 5’9″ wearing a knit cap and producing a plumber’s badge – requested entry into the residence to check under his sink for any leaks. Once inside, the individual reportedly remained with the resident while checking under the sink. During that time the suspect was communicating with another person via a two-way radio. After a brief interaction with resident, the suspect left the residence claiming everything looked good with the plumbing.

Later that day, the homeowner stated that he realized that personal belongings were missing from the home and surmised that he was burglarized during the previous incident.

Detectives discovered that the suspect arrived in a newer model, white Ford F-150 crew cab with dark tinted windows, running boards, chrome wheels, black cover over the bed of the truck, and red 4×4 written on the side of it.

Two other males wearing dark clothing exited the same vehicle, entered the home at the same time of the incident and removed the resident’s belongings, placed them in the rear of the pickup and all fled onto Galloping Hill Road.

Photographs of suspect vehicle are available below (click each image to enlarge). Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Roselle Park Police Department at (908) 245-2300.