Newington police are warning residents to be cautious after a man posing as a landscaper distracted an elderly woman as an accomplice stole her jewelry and money on Wednesday, police said.
The woman was sweeping her front porch around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday when a man approached her and said he wanted to speak with her about shrubbery on her property line.
He told her that a neighbor hired him to remove shrubbery, then led the woman to the backyard to distract her while an accomplice went into her property, police said.
The man was 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8 and weighed between 160 and 200 pounds. He was clean shaven, had short hair and was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and jeans.
Police said they are issuing the warning to cut down on the number of victims of the common scam.
If you have information about this burglary or similar incidents, call Newington Police at 860-666-8445.