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Downers Grove police again warn residents of 'ruse' entry scams after two recent incidents

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 12:41 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police are again alerting residents to a scam being used by criminals to gain home entry and commit theft after two more recent "ruse" entry incidents were reported in the area.

In the two recent Downers Grove incidents, residents reported that suspects 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, according to police.

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 40s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and a dark complexion, according to police.

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, according to police.The police department reminded residents to be cautious when allowing unknown people to enter their homes.

Police added that it's also important to be suspicious of anyone who attempts to lure a resident outside of their home. Anyone with concerns whether the person at the door is legitimate, immediately call 9-1-1.

The warning from police this weeks follows a similar one issued Aug. 29 after two incidents in a neighboring community.

In those incidents, 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, according to police.

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