The Lower Moreland Police Department has released a sketch of the individual wanted in a recent home invasion in Huntingdon Valley.
The incident was the latest of a string of home robberies that have occurred in Lower Moreland. But according to the police, this kind of activity is happening in many townships across Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
“We’ve seen an equivalent number of robberies here than in other townships,” Lower Moreland Police Det./Sgt. John MacDonald said. “Upper Moreland, Abington, Upper Southampton, Warminster... everyone is seeing the same kind of activity.”
He told the resident that he needed to check the water in her home on the 170 block of Clearview Avenue in Huntingdon Valley.
The homeowner opened the door, but when she turned around she realized the man had already entered her house through the side door.
Believing that she was being robbed, the woman, who is in her 80s, followed instructions after the man told her to go into the bathroom to check her pipes. The man then tried to close the door on her before ransacking the house for jewelry and money, police said.
Over the last four weeks, five similar incidents have been reported in Lower Moreland alone. Most often the burglars will attempt to break in during the daytime hours while homeowners are at work.
There have also been numerous accounts of items being stolen from parked cars in the middle of the night.
“It’s a sign of the times,” MacDonald said.