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Western Springs police warn of theft by deception pattern

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

WESTERN SPRINGS – Police in the village of Western Springs released a warning to residents Jan. 29, alerting them to be aware of a possible theft by deception crime pattern that was identified recently by the department.

Police announced that since Jan. 20, the Western Springs Police Department and other area police departments had begun active investigations regarding individuals who said they were selling subscriptions for the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.

During the investigations the departments learned that the individuals were not employed by the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune or any other local newspaper chain to sell subscriptions.

Police said the individuals often walk independently and will sometimes tell residents they are attending Malcolm X College or Truman College, and are supporting themselves by selling subscriptions.

Police reminded residents to keep their doors locked and that free “No Soliciting” signs can be found at the police department to discourage solicitors. Police also said residents should not bring their purse or wallet directly to the door, and to check through a window or peep hole first before opening their doors.

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