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2 charged  in Southwest Side ruse burglaries

Updated: April 24, 2014 10:05AM



Two men have been charged with committing a series of ruse burglaries, targeting elderly residents of the Chicago Lawn and Mount Greenwood communities on Chicago’s Southwest Side, Chicago police said.

Michael Rivera, 49, of the 6500 block of South Keating Avenue in Chicago, and John Miller, 32, of Hammond, were arrested Thursday after taking cash during a ruse burglary in the 3700 block of West 87th Street about 10:45 a.m., police said. They said Miller claimed to be a public service employee and distracted an elderly woman while Rivera entered her home and stole cash.

Chicago and Illinois State police saw the burglary happen and arrested both men a short time later, returning the stolen cash to the owner, according to police.

They said further investigation linked the pair to three other ruse burglaries, two in Mount Greenwood and another in Chicago Lawn, all of which targeted the elderly.

Rivera and Miller were charged with residential burglary and false personation of a public employee.

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