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Ruse Burglary Team in Palos Heights; Distractor Possibly Posed as a Neighbor

Wed February 13 2019 2:16 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=574669
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Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is warning the public about ruse burglaries following an incident that occurred in unincorporated Palos Heights.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday February 10, 2019 a 94-year-old woman was approached by a man outside her home in the block of 6000 of West 127th Place. He began chatting with her in a way that gave the resident the impression that he knew her. While talking to her outside, the man convinced her to continue their conversation inside her home.

The man was with the resident the entire time while they were inside. He left after receiving a phone call, telling the resident he was an Uber driver and had to pick someone up. He left in a white vehicle, possibly an SUV or a small van.

Later, the victim noticed her bedroom dresser and closet had been rummaged through and money was missing.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police believe the woman was the victim of a ruse burglary, in which an offender distracts victims by pretending to be worker or a neighbor. While the victims are distracted, another offender or multiple offenders enter the home and take cash and valuables.

Palos Heights is about 41 miles south of Arlington Heights, but ruse burglars often float into different areas, especially when suspicion is raised and they want to avoid a specific location.

Sheriff Dart offers the following ruse burglary prevention tips:

Do not let anyone you are not expecting into your home.

Talk through the door.

If the person says he or she is utility employee, call that agency to verify that an employee has legitimate business at your home. Do not use the phone number the person at the door gives you.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you encounter anyone suspicious.

Sheriff Dart also asks anyone with information regarding this burglary to call Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives at 708-865-4896.

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