A woman claiming to be a "lawn-care specialist" distracted a Seven Valleys-area resident long enough for her partner in crime to steal cash and other items from the victim's home, according to state police.

It happened Tuesday at a house on Dunkard Valley Road in Springfield Township, police said.

About 3:30 p.m., a woman who may be in her 20s approached the female resident in the back yard of the home and distracted her, according to police.

Meanwhile, a man working with her sneaked inside the victim's home and stole a safe that held cash and personal documents, police said.

The two then fled the area in a white four-door sedan, police said.

Similar crime: The distraction burglary is similar to one that happened in Shrewsbury last week.

In that case, an elderly woman living on Essex Circle Drive told police a woman claiming to work for a tree-trimming business approached her on Aug. 15 and distracted her, according to Southern Regional Police.

A man then entered the victim's home and stole cash, police said.

The elderly homeowner spotted the man as he was leaving through the garage, according to police, who said the thieves were seen leaving the area in a white SUV.

Southern Regional Police said investigators are looking into whether the two crimes were committed by the same duo.

Anyone with information about Tuesday's incident is asked to call state police at (717) 428-1011.

People with information about the Shrewsbury incident are asked to call Southern Regional Police at (717) 235-3944.


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— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.