ALGONQUIN – After noticing her pillowcase was gone and a record was moved in her bedroom, an Algonquin woman saw that one of her prized possessions was missing – her 40-year-old wedding ring.
Algonquin Deputy Chief of Police Ryan Markham said a detective has been assigned to investigate a burglary that occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Gaslight Terrace North subdivision.
Georgina Sagert, the daughter of the couple who was burglarized, told the Northwest Herald that her mother found out about the burglary after realizing her ring was missing.
Sagert said her father was alone at his home putting up Christmas lights with the garage door open when two men pulled into the driveway in a gray/silver truck.
One man got out and approached Sagert’s father and offered to do his yard work. Sagert’s father walked the man through his backyard, showing him the type of work he needed done, and they talked for around 10 minutes, Sagert said.
Sagert’s mother was out cutting someone’s hair and gone until 3 p.m. It wasn’t until she went to her bedroom at 9 p.m. that she realized something was different when she saw her pillowcase was missing, Sagert said of her mother.
While the one man spoke with Sagert’s father, the other ran through the house stealing their jewelry, including her mother’s 40-year-old wedding ring, Sagert said.
“I have been doing everything to help locate the men that did this in hopes to get my mom’s ring back,” Sagert said.
Sagert went door-to-door canvassing the neighborhood and asked if anyone had a surveillance camera. One neighborhood did and she got a photo of the truck, which she said she provided to police. Police weren’t able to release any or confirm any photos after 6 p.m. Monday.
“I worry they are going to do this again to someone and this is a bigger offense when someone is home versus no one being there,” Sagert said.
Sagert said she hopes someone will recognize the four-door gray/silver truck with tinted side windows and a white sticker on the passenger-side window. She believes the vehicle was used by the two men.
Markham said Algonquin hasn’t seen this type of burglary in recent years.
“It’s a fairly common gypsy-type of activity where they’ll go from home to home and try to engage the homeowner in conversation and get them out of the house so a second party can slip into another door,” Markham said.
Residents should be cautious anytime anyone comes to their home unsolicited and tries to lure them outside to look at things, Markham said. He recommends asking for ID and business information and that if a business is legitimate, they will often have business cards or signage on their truck.
Anyone with information should call the Algonquin Police Department at 847-658-4531.