FAIRFIELD, NJ - On Friday afternoon, a home on Cole Road in Fairfield reportedly had cash stolen from it by a pair of Middle Eastern men who used a "distraction method" to get the homeowner out of the residence while the crime took place.
The Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about the two men who may try to repeat the crime again around the surrounding communities. According toDeputy Chief Anthony Manna, the incident was not reported to police until yesterday when the homeowner noticed cash was missing from an envelope in her home.
The homeowner told police that on Friday, at about 3pm, a Middle Eastern male knocked on her door and told her that he was a fence installer who had been hired by her next door neighbor to install a fence. The woman recounted to police that the man told her that he was going to have to take down several of her trees down to build the fence.
At that point, the woman apparently joined the man in her backyard so he could show her the area he was referring to. While in the backyard, she saw a white SUV parked on the street. At some point, as she was being led further away from the house, the homeowner began to get concerned and then asked the man if he was alone and did he have identification. He responded that he was alone, and had no identification on him.
The homeowner turned around and started to walk back towards her house at which time the male immediately made a phone call, speaking in a different language.
When she got back to the front of her home, the woman then saw a second male standing near the same SUV. He got into the SUV and left the scene, while the original man left the scene and walked quickly in another direction.
Anyone who believes they have witnessed or experienced a similar event should contact the Fairfield Police Department's Investigative Division at 973-227-1400.