WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Police are looking for a woman who robbed an elderly resident April 22 and was thwarted in an attempt to rob another Friday morning.
In each case, the woman claims to be checking on elderly people in the area.
On April 22, at 1:40 p.m., the woman — a black female between 50 and 60, with black bushy/curly hair, medium skin and wearing glasses — knocked on a man’s door in the 300 block of Jessup Road and asked to come inside because she was checking on elderly folks, police said.
The victim believed her and allowed her in. After a few minutes, the woman asked to use a bathroom. The victim escorted her to the basement and showed her the rest room, said police.
When she came out, she took the victim’s wallet from his pants’ pocket and threw him to the floor, causing a leg injury, police said.
She fled in a maroon or brown four-door sedan, said police.
On Friday, at about 11:30 a.m., a woman matching the suspect’s description knocked on the door of a residence in the 800 block of Princeton Avenue in National Park and told the resident she was there to check on her, because she’s elderly.
The resident told the woman she didn’t need help and told her to leave.
The suspect then asked to talk to someone named Jim who does roofing work, police said.
A neighbor walked over to make sure everything was all right.
At that point, the suspect left and fled in her sedan.
Similar incidents have happened during the past several weeks, with the same woman and vehicle involved, in West Deptford, National Park and Greenwich Township, said police.
Anyone who has experienced a similar incident is urged to contact Investigator Stephen Weber of the West Deptford Police Department at 856-853-4599 ext. 168 or 856-625-785.