HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP: Police on the lookout for scammers

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Hopewell Township police are looking for two men who attempted to scam homeowners and who – in one case – gained entry into a house and stole money, in a pair of back-to-back incidents Jan. 22.

The first incident occurred a little after 4 p.m., when a Pennington-Harbourton Road man called police to report that two men knocked on his door and told him that he needed to have his driveway sealed. When he refused, the men left.

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About a half-hour later, at 4:45 p.m., a Washington Crossing-Pennington Road woman told police that a man had knocked on her door and told her that he was there to return some money to her.

The man told her that the company he worked for had performed work at her house, and that she had been overcharged. He handed her a $100 bill, and asked for $50 back plus a receipt, police said.

As the victim was getting the money, a second man entered the house and asked to use the bathroom. Instead, he walked into her bedroom and stole $300, police said.

When the victim confronted the men, they left the house. They got into a white pickup truck and drove eastbound on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road.

In both instances, the men were described as Hispanic males. One man was about 5 feet tall and had dark hair and a beard. The second man, who appeared to be older than his companion, was described as about 6 feet tall and with a dark beard. They were driving a white pickup truck.

Anyone with information on the men should call the Hopewell Township Police Department at 609-737-3100, ext. 0.

As a result of the back-to-back scams, police are urging residents to be wary of people knocking on the door and asking to do work. Residents should call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity.

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