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Sketches released on $90,000 thieves

  • Artist sketch of male and female suspects who stole $90,000 during driveway sealing scam in Mahoning Township.
    Artist sketch of male and female suspects who stole $90,000 during driveway sealing scam in Mahoning Township.
Published July 23. 2012 05:01PM

Artist sketches of two individuals who allegedly stole $90,000 from an elderly woman in Mahoning Township last Tuesday have been released by the township police department.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the police department, is appealing for the public's assistance in capturing the con artists.

He said that on July 17, between 2 and 5 p.m., a man and a woman approached an 89-year-old Mahoning Township resident at her home. The home is located near the Schuylkill County border.

Mertz said the male began to seal coat the victim's driveway without her permission while the female kept the victim busy in conversation. The male completed half the driveway and stopped, requesting payment.

The victim had opened her safe to remove money for payment, said Mertz. She left the safe open, and while the female kept her distracted, the male was able to remove $90,000 in cash from the safe.

The victim also discovered that the male had opened dressers, and closets in the upstairs section of the home. No other items were taken.

The male is described as being white 5-4 to 5-9, in height, approximately 40-50 years of age, with black hair, scruffy gray beard.

The female is described as being white 5-4 to 5-9 in height, approximately 45 years of age, with ear length hair, and earrings.

The vehicle used during the scam is described as a newer silver/gray GMC van. The interior of the van will have seal coating equipment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at (570) 386-2241 or by email at

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