Over the last several weeks, the Allentown Police Department has been advised of several residential burglaries that have taken place where no force was used to enter the residence. A common theme has developed.
A door to door contractor arrives at a residence asking to inspect a chimney, water pipes, driveway or other location in or around the house.
The contractor offers a very reasonable price to provide an estimate and/or work. While the contractor is in the house, either the contractor or an accomplice distracts the homeowner, and opens a window or door that may be normally kept locked.
At a later time, it is believed either the contractor or the accomplice returns and removes items from the home.
The contractors may be operating vans and/or pick up trucks that have New York, New Jersey or Maryland License plates.
The Allentown Police Department is recommending that you do not allow anyone that you do not know, or whom you did not call; to enter your home for any type of inspection.
If anyone has any information about this type of activity, they are asked to call the Allentown Police Department Crime Tip Line at 610-439-5911, or the Criminal Investigations Division at 610-437-7721.