Suspects net $50K in alleged burglary scam

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EDISON — An elderly couple lost a lock box containing in excess of $50,000 cash to two men posing as home repair contractors in a flim-flam burglary on Friday, according to police.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. police said a male suspect, described as 6 feet tall, weighing roughly 170 pounds, with a dark complexion — possibly Hispanic — and wearing a baseball cap and dark jacket, came to the front door of the couple’s Grandview Avenue home, claiming to be a contractor working in the area.

The couple said they had a roof leak toward the rear of the house, and as they proceeded to that area of the house with the alleged contractor, a second suspect slipped in and ransacked three upstairs bedrooms, finding the lock box, according to police.

When the couple returned to the front door area with the first suspect, they saw the second suspect waiting. He was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing roughly 170 pounds, with dark skin — also possibly Hispan-ic — with gray hair at his temples and also wearing a baseball cap. He ap-peared to have a scab or sore on his lip, ac-cording to the description given to police.

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The suspects left in a vehicle police were only able to describe as a white van.

The couple, both in their 80s, were uninjured.

The incident is under investigation.

— Bryan Sabella