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Phillipsburg police warn of burglary scam that targeted elderly woman

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – Phillipsburg police are warning of a burglary scam that targeted an elderly woman Tuesday.

A around 3:30 p.m., police responded to a residence on the 200 block of Filmore St. for a forced entry/burglary incident, police said.

When police arrived, they were informed that the 92-year-old resident answered the door when a Hispanic man wearing a gray hoodie and police style badge hanging on a chain around his neck requested to come in due to a water break a couple doors down, police said.

The woman allowed the man and three others in her home to check her sink. Two of the men left the room at which time she went to see what they were doing. She was then grabbed and made to sit in a chair, police said.

Shortly thereafter, the four men fled the home, police said.

The woman noticed that her safe which was located next to her bed had been taken, police said.

“Please be mindful to keep all of your doors locked (screen doors included) and identify those that come to your door prior to allowing entry. If you are not sure who they are or they refuse to identify themselves, CALL 911 and police will respond to identify the party(s),” police said in a Facebook post.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy Phillipsburg Police Department)