BLOOMINGDALE – The Bloomingdale Police Department is urging residents to stay alert in light of a recent burglary in the Stratford Lakes subdivision that occurred at 5 p.m. Aug. 4, according to a village e-newsletter.
The burglary involved using a ruse to enter a property in the village, and it was carried out by a white man and two other suspects, the newsletter stated.
According to the letter, one man knocked on the door of an elderly resident’s home and told the resident he was a city worker who had cut down the tree in front of his home and needed to check the backyard for a branch.
As the homeowner went to the back of the home with the first suspect, a second suspect entered the house and told the man's wife they had a broken water pipe, according to the e-newsletter.
While the wife and second suspect talked, a third suspect entered the house and went upstairs, the newsletter stated.
The husband asked the first subject for his identification, and as they began to walk to the front of the house to retrieve it, the wife yelled for her husband after realizing another person was in their home, according to the letter.
The three suspects then fled the residence in an unknown dark vehicle with an unknown license plate.
They had stolen jewelry, cash and a small safe from the home, the e-newsletter stated.
The Police Department has posted examples of this type of burglary on its Facebook page. The page includes tips to residents to prevent ruse burglary, a few of which include looking for identification on the vehicle, never allowing a worker to access your home, and being a good neighbor and reporting suspicious activity.