Burglary crew used trick to access elderly victim’s home, cops say

Three burglars gained entry to a Rogers Park home by tricking its elderly owner Friday afternoon, police said. Now, Area Three detectives are trying to raise awareness about the ruse.

The thieves knocked on a senior citizen’s home in the 7500 block of North Ridge around 2 p.m. on August 14 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.

Similar crimes have been committed by men posing as city workers, contractors, and utility workers. The criminals typically target older residents who may be confused or less likely to question them.

The offenders in Friday’s burglary are three White men between 34- and 38-years-old who carry two-way radios, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglars can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding case JD-332635.

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