NORWALK, Conn. — A burglar used a fake water leak and toilet-flushing ruse to gain entry into the home of an elderly Norwalk resident and steal items, police said.
Officers responded Saturday to a residence on Stuart Avenue, where an elderly resident reported that a suspect approached him outside of his home claiming to be from the water company, police said.
The suspect said he needed to go into the home's basement to check on a water leak complaint, police said.
The suspect then communicated with an accomplice via cellular phone and told the victim that he needed to go inside the house to check further, police said.
The victim took the suspect into the residence, where the suspect began running water and flushing the toilet as a way to cover up the noise made by the accomplice, who it appears entered the basement and broke into a locked chest, stealing the contents, police said.
The suspect was described as a white man in his early 30s, about 6 feet with a thin build, and having dark hair with facial stubble, police said. The suspect was wearing some type of ID around his neck, police said.
Police warn residents to not let anyone into your home who you do not know or with whom you did not have a previously arranged appointment, especially during this holiday season. Always ask for identification and do not hesitate to call the company and verify the identification. Residents can also contact the police department at 203-854-3000 if they have any concerns.
Anyone with any information about this incident or others and anyone who was a victim should call Norwalk Detectives at 203-854-3011 or the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111.
Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website at: www.norwalkpd.com or anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).
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