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Downers Grove police warn residents about 'ruse entry' crimes

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 12:54 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police issued a statement Thursday warning residents of a scam being used by criminals to enter homes and commit theft.

In two recent incidents in a neighboring community, residents said that a man or men came to their home claiming to be installing underground pipes in the area, according to Downers Grove police.

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 woman 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, according to police. No items were taken in the second incident.

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

Police reminded residents to be cautious when allowing unknown people to enter their home. Anyone with suspicion or concern whether the person at their door is legitimate should immediately call 911, police said.

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