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Two men entered a Newton home Wednesday offering financial assistance. Less than 10 minutes later, the men left with the homeownerâ€™s wallet.
The homeownerâ€™s female relative was visiting the manâ€™s residence about 1:15 p.m., and when she opened the door to enter the house, the suspects came in behind her.
â€śIt was an uninvited and illegal entry,â€ť said Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough. â€śBut it was more of a rush-in situation. They went in and were trying to get (the man and woman) off their guard.â€ť
Yarborough said the female didnâ€™t see the men when she entered the house, and itâ€™s possible they were hiding nearby.
Once the men were inside the house, they offered the man and woman financial assistance with bill paying, credit cards and medical payments.
â€śIt was a ploy of trying to find out information and trying to get the gentlemanâ€™s wallet,â€ť Yarborough said. â€śThey kept asking for the gentlemanâ€™s ID.â€ť
The suspects are described as white males between the ages of 40 and 50. One suspect was 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighed about 200 pounds. He was wearing a beige and orange-striped shirt and beige pants. The other suspect has a medium build and was possibly wearing a hat.
Yarborough declined comment on the exact location of the incident or the ages of the victims, citing the victimsâ€™ safety.
When the homeowner didnâ€™t give the suspects his wallet, one of the suspects attempted to take the manâ€™s wallet from his person.
The homeowner removed his wallet from his pocket, and one of the suspects grabbed it. The two men ran from the home with the manâ€™s wallet, and a neighbor saw the men leaving the residential area in a truck.
The truck is described as a mid-1990s model white Chevrolet truck with a regular cab and a long bed.
Yarborough said the neighbor who described the truck is familiar with vehicles, and he feels confident in his description of the truck.
The vehicle had a South Carolina license plate, but the license plate number is unknown.
The neighbor, who lives adjacent to the victimâ€™s house, was the only other witness to the incident.
The suspects were never violent during the incident, but they successfully stole an undisclosed amount of cash in the homeownerâ€™s wallet, which was the only item stolen.
â€śIt wasnâ€™t a home robbery in the sense that people think of, where robbers go in there with their guns blazing,â€ť Yarborough said.
It is unknown if the suspects knew of the victims or if the crime was random.
Securing your house is the first step in preventing home invasions and thefts, like the incident that happened Wednesday.
â€śKeep your doors locked, and donâ€™t leave your doors open,â€ť Yarborough said. â€śMost people feel comfortable in their homes, but you should always be cautious.â€ť
Residents should also be alert to anyone who looks suspicious or out of the ordinary.
â€śAlways be aware of your surroundings,â€ť Yarborough said.
Anyone who sees suspects or a vehicle matching the description is asked to call Newton Police Department at (828) 695-4278.
The investigation is ongoing.