Police in Wayne, N.J. are searching for a pair of alleged burglars who knock on their would-be victims' doors in an attempt to ensure the home is empty before entering.
According to police, a man and a woman have been going to homes in Wayne and knocking on doors to see if anyone is home. Police believe the pair proceed to enter the homes if they're empty; if someone answers the door, they tell the residents they've lost a football in their yard.
Burglary victims Nick and Sharon Capuamo believe someone came around the back of their house, climbed up on the roof and slipped into their open bedroom window. Sharon's jewelry box was emptied.
"There was jewelry that was taken that belonged to Nick's father, my mother's that we'll never see," she said. "I have rosaries for 60 years that they took that I won't get back ever again."
The Capuamos estimated they've lost $10,000 in jewelry. Police believe the same burglars broke into another house on the block.
Police say the man and the woman who told Wayne residents who answered their doors, "I think my football got in your backyard," used the same line at two different houses next to or near the homes that were burglarized. Security video captured the pair at one of the homes.
"It's terrible because every time I come into the house now, I'm looking," said Nick Capuamo. "Does everything look the way it's supposed to look or is it possible someone's been in there? It's a lousy feeling."