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New London police look for suspect in shoveling scam

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

The slate of storms headed into Connecticut seems to be bringing some crime along with it, and an elderly man is recovering after falling victim to a home invasion.

The suspect posed as a good Samaritan who just wanted to clear the sidewalk, but once he was allowed in the home, it was clear he had other intentions.

Dorothy Smith said she usually checks on her elderly neighbor on Elm Street in New London. On Monday she was curious when she saw police lights flashing.

"I did see the cops through my window, but I didn't know what was taking place," Smith said.

Police said the elderly homeowner fell victim to a home invasion suspect all under the guise of helpful snow removal. According to police, an unidentified man knocked on the door and asked the owner if he'd like his driveway shoveled.

The victim said no, but the suspect then pressed for a glass of water. The elderly man obliged, but police said once the suspect was done with the water, he knocked the victim to the floor and made away with his wallet.

That wallet was found a few homes down, but the suspect is still on the loose. The incident has some neighbors in this tight-knit community rattled.

"It's scary, we gotta lock up more and keep our eyes on each other," Smith said.

If something like this happens during the next two storms, police said don't allow strangers inside, no matter what.

The suspect is being described as a black man in his late 30s or early 40s with a medium build. He was wearing a brown coat and knit hat at the time of the home invasion.

If you know anything about the home invasion, you're urged to call New London Police Department at 860- 447-5269. 

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