State troopers are warning area residents of a scam that is resulting in burglary, and are on the lookout for perpetrators who are still at large.

A couple in their eighties was burglarized in their Franklin home Wednesday, according to the New York State Police Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska.

Two men, posing as employees from a utility company, allegedly visited the couple's residence on County Route 21 in the town of Franklin between 2 and 3 p.m. The couple was outside cutting wood and while they were speaking to the two men, a third man snuck into their home, stealing cash, jewelry and coins, Dembinska said.

Police said that the couple did not go back into their home until sometime later and realized they had been burglarized.

According to the description given to the police, the men are Hispanic. One man was about 50 years old, clean shaven, 5-foot-3 inches tall, 175 pounds and wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and sweatpants. The second man is about the same height but appeared older, with facial hair and blue eyes that are misaligned, wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

They are allegedly driving a white SUV, either a Honda or a Hyundai, with out-of-state plates. Police are on the lookout for a car matching this description.

Police said that other residents may be targeted and residents should exercise caution. 


Reporter covering agriculture and k-12 education in Central New York state.