NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department is investigating a series of ruse burglaries that have targeted senior citizens in recent days, according to a news release.
A ruse burglary is when two or more suspects attempt to enter a home by distracting or confusing the homeowner(s).
According to the release, the first incident happened in the 2400 block of S. River Road on Nov. 11 at 12:15 p.m. A white female suspect in a small, older red pickup truck claimed to be with the electric company and told the homeowner, an 86 year-old man, that she needed to check the lines inside the home after a recent storm. The homeowner brought the suspect to his basement, where she turned on a water faucet, presumably to drown out the sound of an accomplice entering the home.
The release states that the homeowner later found a file cabinet had been rifled through, but nothing was missing.
The second incident happened in the 0-100 block of S. Juniper Drive on Nov. 14 at 3:49 p.m. The release states that two Hispanic males in a white or silver SUV with black trim around the tires told the 83 year-old male homeowner that they were buying a house in the area and wanted information about the house. The homeowner let the suspects in, and later found jewelry and collectable coins were missing.
The suspects were described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, wearing a brown Carhartt-type jacket and a Hispanic male, approximately 5’9”. A surveillance video image later provided to police shows that the suspect vehicle appears to be a white, late model Ford Escape, the release stated.
The last incident happened in the 500 block of N. River Road on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. Two male suspects, either white or Hispanic, told the homeowners, ages 82 and 83, that they were putting up a fence and wanted to show them the lot line markers, the release stated.
Afterwards, the homeowners discovered approximately $25,000 in jewelry missing, including a wedding ring. The suspects were described as a white or Hispanic male in his 30’s and a white or Hispanic male approximately 25 years old. No suspect vehicle was seen.
These incidents remain under investigation by the North Aurora Police Department. Anyone with information should call the Investigations Division at 630-897-8705, extension 758. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3, or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest.