Home invaders targeted 91-year-old twin sisters in Uptown on Monday afternoon, police said, and investigators believe the offenders have struck before.
The elderly twins were in their home on the 600 block of West Hutchinson when the men broke the lock on their gate and forced their way into their home around 3 p.m., according to a CPD report. One of the women suffered a cut to her hand as she tried to keep the men from entering her home.
Police said the offenders, described as Hispanic men who posed as ComEd workers, rounded up valuables from the home and then fled in a black SUV.
Investigators connected Monday’s home invasion with a less-violent incident that involved three burglars in Rogers Park earlier this month.
In that case, the men knocked on a senior citizen’s home in the 7500 block of North Ridge around 2 p.m. and pretended to be a tree trimming service. Once inside the home, one offender distracted the victim while the other two gathered jewelry from another area of the house, according to a CPD alert.
The Rogers Park victim described the offenders as three White men between 34- and 38-years-old who had “walkie-talkie” radios.
Police last night urged people to tell their elderly friends and neighbors about the crimes.
Anyone with information about the offenders can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern P20-3-160.