Following a recent, "ruse burglary" reported in Boulder Hill, officials with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office are warning residents to be wary of these types of crimes and scams.
As WSPY reported on Sunday, the burglary took place in the 0 to 99 block of Aldon Court West in Boulder Hill, sometime between 11:30 am and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The sheriff's office said there is currently one suspect. He is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 40 years old, who they say distracted the homeowner within the residence while an unknown suspect or suspects entered the residence and removed several items.
In a statement, the sheriff's office says such crimes usually target elderly people who live alone. Ruse ploys often begin with the offenders creating an excuse to enter the victim's home. After selecting a home by profiling it, the offenders often claim to be a utility worker, municipal/county employee or a contractor. They will enter the home using the ruse of checking something (water pressure, fuses, pipes). While one offender keeps the homeowner occupied, one or more additional offenders enter the home undetected to commit the burglary.
The typical ruse burglary takes place during the day, and often times on weekdays. Offenders may target their victims by driving through neighborhoods looking for seniors doing yard work or by following them from grocery stores or pharmacies.
The sheriff's office says many story lines will be used in ruse burglaries. In the recent case, the offenders claimed to be testing the water in the area. Officials say it is a good idea to ask the individual for a business card or company ID, and to check to see if the person's vehicle or uniform has the company's logo on it. Utility workers usually have service vehicles displaying the company logo.
The sheriff's office also says tips to prevent victimization include: checking the identity of the visitor by calling the company the persons are purporting to be from, safeguarding valuables, keep doors and windows secured and if you are not sure who is at your door, don't open it.
You can view the full statement from the sheriff's office with more tips, below:
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