Burglars posing as contractors and city workers in Lakeview, Roscoe Village

Police believe a two-man burglary team is posting as city workers or contractors to gain access to homes in Roscoe Village and Lakeview. Two similar cases have been reported to police since Friday.

On Friday afternoon, a Lakeview woman called police to report that her daughter and a friend were home in the 4100 block of North Paulina when a man knocked on their front door and identified himself as a plumber who had been hired to fix a sink. The daughter let the man in, but upon learning that no one had been hired to do any work, the girl and her friend ran from the house. No losses were immediately identified.

Then, around 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, two men knocked on the front door of a home in the 1900 block of West Roscoe and told a woman that they had to do some emergency work for the city inside her home. The men asked the woman and her son to leave home while they worked. But when the woman went back inside, she found the men rifling through a file in her bedroom. The men ran from the home, heading eastbound on Roscoe.

Saturday’s suspects were described as two men of unknown race with medium-brown skin between 30- and 40-years-old who were wearing casual clothing.
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