Lawrence Township police have released composite sketches of two burglary suspects who entered adjacent homes on Johnson Road through unlocked doors last week.
The drawings were created by a state police artist based on descriptions given by residents who were home at the time of the break-ins.
One of the men – described as white, 40 to 45 years old, about 5 feet 10 to 11 inches tall and 250 to 300 pounds, with brown hair – allegedly entered the first house about 2 p.m. on Sept. 26 and, when confronted by a teenage resident, claimed he had thought the house was for sale and wanted to look around.
Pretending he had gone to the wrong house, the man excused himself and left, without taking anything.
A few minutes later, the same man allegedly entered the house next-door. An elderly resident of that home, having heard noises upstairs, found the man and asked him what he was doing in her house. The man, according to police, claimed he was doing work in the area.
The man then calmly exited the house, and joined his partner – described as white, 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 7 to 9 inches tall, 150 to 175 pounds, with brown hair – who had been distracting the elderly woman’s husband in their backyard, having convinced the husband that he was doing work at a neighbor’s house and needed to examine a fence on the property line.
The two suspects then rapidly fled the area. It was later discovered that a checkbook had been stolen from the elderly couple’s residence, police said.
Police ask anyone with information about the identities of the men to call detectives at (609) 896-1111.