Police: Burglar Distracts Elderly Homeowner; Man Walks Into Home Looking For 'Dinner Party'

The following information has been provided by the Newtown Township Police Department and currently being investigated.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Newtown Police investigated a distraction burglary in the 100 block of Tyson Road. According to police, the elderly homeowner reported a white man in his twenties had suddenly appeared from her back yard and entered her enclosed porch and engaged her in conversation about making repairs to the chimney. 

According to police, the homeowner requested a written estimate from the subject and he went outside. After a short time, the homeowner began to get suspicious and went to check on the subject. The homeowner found the rear door propped open and then located the man in her bedroom going through her pocketbook, according to police. 

After the homeowner confronted the man, he fled the home and left the area in a newer model, light brown colored pick-up truck which had been parked in the driveway. The pick-up truck had a black tool box in the bed of the truck and some sort of writing on the passenger side of the truck, most likely a business name, said police. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, a homeowner in the 100 block of Hunt Club Lane reported a white man, between the ages of 25-30 years old, clean cut, dirty blonde hair, wearing shorts and a polo type shirt entered her house and said he was looking for a “dinner party,” according to police. After telling the homeowner he had the wrong house, he left the area in a dark colored sedan or SUV type vehicle, possibly a Volkswagen, according to police. 

Police are reminding residents to: look out for your neighbors, keep your doors locked and if you have an alarm system, use it. Lt. Chris Lunn states in the press release, Newtown Township is a safe community but in both incidents the subjects arrived and left the area in a car or truck.  "Most crimes involve someone driving to an area other than where they live to commit their crimes," said Lunn. 

Anyone with information regarding either incident please contact Det. John Newell of the Newtown Police at 610-356-0602. 

Paula K September 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Scary! sounds similar to the scam a few years ago with someone pretending to be from the county to look at property lines....as the elderly owner walked out back, the burglars went in the open front door. We should be letting our elderly neighbors know about the new incidents, not all seniors get their news via the Patch!
Paul W. Lutton September 22, 2012 at 02:05 AM
JDBroomall September 22, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I wish the police would give advice that would actually help people... When a stranger is IN YOUR HOME, robbing you, standing in front of you: " looking out for your neighbors, keeping your doors locked and if you have an alarm system, using it" isn't going to do anything. I don't know if the news is just reporting it more often or if these home invasions are increasing, but it seems I read about these in Broomall and Newtown square almost twice a week. Want some real advice that will actually help you? Buy a gun, train with it and carry it. Especially at home. Anyone that has the guts to force themselves into your home has no good intentions. In PA, your have a right to protect yourself. I'm glad these creeps only wanted to rob the home owners, next time we might be reading about rape or murder.
JDBroomall September 22, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Call 911 when a man is in your home standing in front of you? Honestly Paul... you are smarter than that... Excuse me potential murderer. Mind standing still as I make a phonecall? LOL
Paul W. Lutton September 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
JD< I agree with what you say.especially about protecting oneself. I was referring to seeing a stranger in your neighborhood,checking out peoples property..The aim is to stop them before they can do harm.You are right on,about thankful the creep only wanted money,and did not harm anyone.
JDBroomall September 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Gotcha Paul. I totally agree. People shouldn't be hesitant to call police when they witness odd behavior or people that seem out of place. This is a good proactive measure. But when the person is in your home or anywhere else actively robbing, attacking or harming you, 911 and police are just about useless. People should be honest with themselves about the limitations of police and take steps on their own to secure their homes and families. Stay safe neighbor


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