Burglars pose as water company, ransack house

Last updated: December 11, 2013 - 6:50pm

BERWICK – A pair of men dressed in phony water company uniforms tricked a woman into letting them into her house, where one ransacked her second floor while the other kept her busy on the first floor.

Police say one man was a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet tall. The second man was a roughly 6-foot white male.

Here's what police say happened:

The two went to the rear door of a residence on Washington Street on Tuesday afternoon and told the woman who lived there that they were water company workers. They said they needed to come inside to check the pipes.

Police say they were wearing something that looked like a uniform.

Once inside, the Hispanic male kept the victim in the kitchen. He got on the phone with someone the victim believes was the man on the second floor.

When the men left, the victim went to the second floor of the residence, and she found it ransacked.

Investigators ask anyone who may have seen men matching the victim's description to call the Berwick Police station at 570-752-3677.

The department says whenever someone claims to be from a utility company, people should use the following precautions:

• Ask for official company identification.

• Call the utility company to verify the work to be done.

• If you have any doubt, call your local police department to report the occurrence.

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