BUTLER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police in Butler County are warning residents about so-called “distraction burglaries.”

According to an Inside Butler County report, there have been several of these types of crimes reported around the county.

Essentially, a suspect will lure the homeowner out of the residence and distract them long enough for another suspect to enter and steal valuables.

The suspects are allegedly targeting the elderly and may pose as utility workers.

One such case in Butler Township involved a white pickup truck, with multiple people inside.

Cranberry Township is also investigating a similar incident that happened on Wednesday.

According to officials, the incident happened on Peters Road around 3 p.m.

A man posing as a utility worker approached a home and told the elderly residents that a water main break had happened nearby.

The man instructed the residents to lead him to the rear of the property so he could explain the situation.

A neighbor noticed the activity and approached the home. At that time, the man speaking with the couple made an abrupt phone call and left the area.

When the couple went inside, they found several valuable items on their bed and four sets of state quarters missing.

Officials believe the suspect outside called an accomplice inside the home and told them to leave.

The suspect was described as being a white male wearing a white hard hat, a safety vest with orange stripes and a white collared shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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