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Crime Alert: Ruse Entry Attempts

The Downers Grove Police Department alerts residents to be aware of a scam being used by criminals to gain home entry and commit theft. In two recent incidents which occurred in Downers Grove, residents reported that unknown individuals gained entry to their homes under false pretenses. In the first incident, a man was met at his front door by a woman who was crying hysterically that she had lost her cat. She requested his assistance and he accompanied her to the backyard to search for the cat. After about 15 minutes, they ended the search and the woman left the home. The resident later discovered that numerous pieces of jewelry had been taken. The alleged female suspect is described as being in her forties, 5' 6" tall, with brown hair and a dark complexion.

In the second incident, a man unknown to the resident came to the home and lured the homeowner to the backyard under the guise of wanting to show her something. The woman became suspicious and requested that the man come back at a later time and speak to her son.  The man left in a white van without incident.

The Police Department reminds everyone to be very cautious when allowing unknown people to enter their homes. It is also important to be suspicious of anyone who attempts to lure you outside your home.  If you have any concerns whether the person at your door is legitimate, immediately call 9-1-1.

August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013 The Downers Grove Police Department alerts residents to be aware of a scam being used by criminals to gain home entry and commit theft. In two recent incidents which occurred in a neighboring community, residents said that a man or men came to their home claiming to be installing underground pipes in the area.

In the first incident, the homeowner was lured into her kitchen by an offender, while another entered her home. After the two had left, the women realized that prescription medications and other valuables were missing.

In the second incident, two men approached a home in the same manner, claiming to be underground pipe installers. When the resident unlocked the screen door, the offenders pushed their way into the home, but left when they saw the family's dog. No items were taken.

The offenders are described as male, between the ages of 30 to 40, clean shaven, dark hair, stocky build, approximately 5'10", wearing construction type clothing. They left the scene in a dark colored sedan.

The Police Department reminds everyone to be very cautious when allowing unknown people to enter your home. If you have any suspicion or concern whether the person at your door is legitimate, you should immediately call 9-1-1.