Distraction burglary under investigation in Pearl River

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PEARL RIVER – Orangetown Police are investigating a diversion burglary that occurred at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.

A person claiming to work for the water company entered a residence on Buchanan Street in Pearl River and asked the resident to take him to the basement to check the water pipes.

A second suspect then went into the house and stole cash from a bedroom.

The suspect left in a white SUV or van.

The man is described as being six feet tall with a medium build, short black hair and clean shaven. He was wearing dark gray pants, dark gray jacket and a gray hat. He was possibly Hispanic, according to the victim. The second suspect’s description is unknown.

Residents are advised to take the following precautions before letting a worker into their home:

  • Ask for proper identification
  • Check the vehicle being used for company logos
  • Call the utility company and verify that the person works for them
  • If the person suddenly leaves while you are checked on them, call the police.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have additional information is asked to call Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700.