WHEATON – The Wheaton Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a suspect identifying himself as a city of Wheaton water department employee who was involved in a recent residential burglary.
On Jan. 29, the suspect – described as a white man, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds – knocked on the door of a house on Hawkins Circle and met with the homeowner, according to a Police Department news release. The suspect identified himself as a city of Wheaton water department employee, the release stated.
The suspect stated he was there to inspect the faucets because of contaminated water in the neighborhood, according to the release. Once inside the home, the suspect kept the resident distracted while an accomplice entered the home and went through a jewelry box, the release stated. No description of the accomplice is available.
The city of Wheaton is reminding residents that city employees will identify themselves with an official identification card with the employee’s photo. In addition, the city's water division vehicles have the city seal on the door.
The water division will typically contact residents in advance to schedule appointments for water meter service but occasionally will approach homes regarding water issues stemming from water main breaks, according to the release.
A resident can confirm the identity of a city employee by contacting the specific department during business hours at the following numbers: public works at 630-260-2110, water division at 630-260-2090 or City Hall at 630-260-2000. Residents also can call the Police Department/911 to verify city employees or request that a police officer check on subjects representing themselves as city employees, the release stated.