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Sheriff warns elderly of ‘ruse’ burglaries in Will County

Elderly residents of Will County are being warned of a pattern of “ruse” burlargies in which the burglar pretends to be a government employee or from a utility copany to gain access to their homes.

For the past few weeks the Will County Sheriff’s office has been in contact with several elderly citizens who reported being a victim of such burglaries, a release from the sheriff’s office said.

Ruse burglaries are when an unknown subject knocks on a victims’ door and identifies themselves as a government employee, such as from a gas company, water department, etc., or engages in a conversation regarding “work being done in the neighborhood,” the release said.

The burglar then requests to enter the residence to check on a specific problem or attempts to get the resident out of the home to show the work they are going to do. While the victim is occupied with the first person, a second person enters the residence and takes valuables such as jewelry and cash.

Will County has recently experienced these types of burglaries in the unincorporated areas of Homer Glen and Homer Township, according to the release. Suspects have been described as males, either Hispanic, Hispanic-looking, and/or white. Some are on foot and others have driven a vehicle and parked in the victim’s driveway while they commit the crime. The crimes are occuring during the day in the mid-afternoon hours.

Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas is asking caretakers, neighbors, and relatives of the elderly to please educate them about these types of crimes. They should be made aware not to allow anyone inside their home either during daylight or evening hours. If they believe something appears suspicious they should contact their local police department immediately. The sheriff’s office also asks neighbors to be observant. If they see anything suspicious, they should call the sheriff’s office or their local police department.



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