On January 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm the Fairview Township Police Department was dispatched to a report of a distraction burglary in the 400 block of Lewisberry Road. The elderly victim reported that a short, darker complected male wearing a grey winter coat and a dark grey hat knocked on his door and asked to check the water in the house. The male had an accent that made it difficult for the victim to understand him and was very persistent. When the victim escorted the male into his kitchen to check his water a second, unknown subject entered the house and ransacked several rooms stealing cash and clothing. The suspects were to be driving a black, newer model Toyota sedan.
Police caution residents to be very careful about anybody they allow into their home. Utility workers performing maintenance in the area should be carrying identification, wearing a uniform and/or be driving company vehicles. Private contractors are not permitted to travel door-to-door to solicit business without first obtaining a permit from the township. If a worker shows up at your door unexpectedly, residents should always ask to see their identification or solicitation permit. Never let an unidentified subject pressure you into allowing them to come inside your home. If a resident ever has a question about the legitimacy of a worker that comes to their door, they should deny the person entry and contact the Fairview Township Police Department immediately.