On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1445 Hrs, a white male with a medium complexion, was discovered in the home of a female resident.
The female in her early 80’s heard a knock at her front door at approx 1445 hrs. When she got to the door she did not notice anyone there.
She noticed the rear of a white truck, possibly a box truck, in her driveway. She could not see the whole vehicle. When she closed the front door she heard someone walking into her kitchen from the side door. When she got to her kitchen she found a male standing there.
She described the male as white with an olive complexion, with a medium build, about 5’10”. He may have been in his 30’s with no facial hair. He had on a gray jacket and blue jeans’ and black cloth gloves. He identified himself as “Joe Patino” from the “Water Department.”
The male said the water company had been working outside her home in the morning and struck a pipe and may have contaminated her water.
The male turned on the water at her Kitchen sink and asked where her bathroom was. She showed him where the bathroom was. In the bathroom he turned on the water in the sink and asked the homeowner to sit there and watch the water and see if it turns green. She did, but when she saw the suspect walk toward her bedroom she left the bathroom and saw him placing items in a white cloth bag or maybe a pillow case. At that point she asked the suspect for identification and he said he would get it from his truck.
Jewelry was taken as well as cash from her purse. The homeowner stated all the jewelry which was stolen was costume jewelry and valued it at $300.00
There was a similar incident on Sat February 9, at 1241 hrs, in the 400 block of Welsh Rd. The suspicious male identified himself as working for the Township and needed to check the water in the home. The description of the male was similar. The suspicious male never entered the home. No vehicle was seen.
Anyone with any information or similar cases please contact the Lower Moreland Police 215-947-3132.