‘Water Pressure’ Scam Leads To Jewelry Theft
RIVER FOREST, Ill. (STMW) – River Forest police are warning residents about a scam that cost an older couple their wedding rings and other jewelry items this week.
A River Forest man was shoveling his driveway on the 1500 block of Bonnie Brae at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 12, when he was approached by a man and a woman who told him they were there to check his condo’s water pressure.
The homeowner let them inside and observed the man talking to the woman in another part of his home on a two-way radio.
The homeowner eventually asked for identification, and the man said he’d leave it in the mailbox.
After they left, the homeowner, now suspicious, called the village public works department and was told no one from the department had been sent to his address.
When public works contacted police, a squad was dispatched to the home. The man reported nothing was missing. However, when his wife returned home, she checked and found three wedding rings and various other jewelry missing.
The suspects were described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds and wearing a Yankees baseball cap. The woman, described as white or Hispanic, was in her 30s, 5-foot-6, 140 pounds with dark hair.
Sgt. Mike Thornley said any genuine River Forest public works personnel would be clearly identified as village employees.
“They would have been wearing shirts and hats with the village logo,” he said, as well as yellow vests.
Detective are investigating the burglary.