Police Investigating Attempted Scam in Berkeley Heights
Friday, June 15, 2012 • 5:32pm
On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Ptl. Daniel Cuocci investigated a report of panhandling at a
Springfield Avenue business. The victim reported that while at a nail salon, a female entered
the location and asked for money from patrons. The suspect stated that she had lost her wallet
and needed money to purchase items for her child’s birthday party. After giving the suspect
forty dollars, the suspect gave the victim a false name and phone number to contact her later for
repayment. The suspect was described as a white female with brown hair and wearing a white
tank top and black pants. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a small grey 4 door vehicle.
The matter has been referred to the Investigations Division.
On Thursday, June 14, 2012, Sgt. Bradley Countryman investigated a reported diversion theft at
a Chestnut Hill Drive residence. The elderly victim reported that at approximately 9:00 am that
morning, two men claiming to be from the water company rang her doorbell and stated that they
were there to check her water. While one of the men diverted her attention, the second suspect
went through the victim’s purse, removing cash, and through various closets, removing jewelry.
The suspects were described as 2 white males in the mid 20’s with unshaven faces. The matter
has been referred to the Investigations Division.