Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down two men who allegedly stole $10,000 from an elderly South Brunswick woman's home while they distracted her with a phony construction scam.

On Feb. 18 around 1:30 p.m., the two suspects knocked on the door of a home on Georges Road near Haypress Street. They told the elderly resident that they were from a construction company that was doing work in the area, police said.

"The suspects told the woman she needed to have trees removed from her backyard at a cost of $600," police said in a Nixle alert. "The men had the victim walk into the backyard and said they would cut the trees down for $500 if she paid in cash."


When the resident went back inside her home to retrieve the cash for the work she assumed the men would be doing, they distracted her "took her entire cash savings which was in the home," police said in the alert.

“These suspects are some of the lowest kind of people we deal with," Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement. "They not only stole the victim’s money but her sense of safety and security. She works her entire life only to be targeted by criminals when she reaches 90. We need the public’s help to hunt these guys down."

Police say the two suspects are male, with tan skin. They both "spoke with accents" and may be Hispanic, according to authorities. Police say one suspect was described as wearing a baseball cap, and the other had on dark-colored clothing.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have spotted these two men walking around the Dayton section of South Brunswick to contact Detective Dennis Yuhasz at 732-329-4000, Ext. 7485.

Toniann Antonelli is the digital managing editor for news at NJ 101.5. Reach her at toniann.antonelli@townsquaremedia.com, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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