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Ruse Scam, Residential Burglary on Willow Parkway, Buffalo Grove, Buffalo Grove

Thu October 27 2011 6:12 pm
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Buffalo Grove police received a report about 1:53 p.m. Thursday of a residential burglary in the 100 block of Willow Parkway. Police received a report that a man came to the door saying he was a plumber and tried to get the resident to come to the backyard.

The offender was described as a male/Hispanic about 5’7″ with a thin build, wearing a white cap, black jacket and black or navy blue pants with a white stripe.

Police arrived and immediately called for an evidence technician. An investigator also immediately responded to the scene.

Jewelry (five rings) valued at $19,000 was reported stolen.

No word on any police contact with the offender.

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The following ruse burglary occurred on Thursday, October 27th at 1:35pm, in Buffalo Grove.

Burglary (Ruse)
Occurred 1:35pm on 10/27
Willow Parkway
When the resident returned home from the store she was approached by a Hispanic male subject who stated that he was working in the area and needed to check the water pressure inside the house. The subject appeared to check the pipes and ran water and ice through the garbage disposal for about ten minutes. The subject then told the resident that he needed to get some tools and left through the garage. When the resident did not see a van or vehicle she got suspicious and called 911. The officer checked the house and found the jewelry cabinet had been opened and resident stated that five rings were missing. The total loss at this time is $19,000.00. The subject is described as five feet seven inches tall with a thin built. He was wearing black or navy blue pants with a white stripe, black jacket, and wearing gloves.

We have been advised that additional ruse burglaries have occurred in Wheeling and Arlington Heights.

In all of these incidents, male subjects pose as workers doing work on the water system and that they need to come inside to check the water pressure. One keeps the resident occupied while the other goes through the house and takes jewelry and cash. The residents incorrectly assumed that these men were Village workers.

If someone comes to your door, asking to come inside to check on water pressure, or to show you where they will be installing a new fence, or for any other reason, don’t let them in, close the door, and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Be alert! Pay attention to details (consider keeping paper and pen handy). Watch out for your neighbors too, especially seniors, who may not be aware of these recent crimes. If you have children that answer the door to your home, please talk to them about this situation.

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