Fake Utility Worker Steals $19,000 In Jewelry In Buffalo Grove

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (CBS) — Buffalo Grove police say a man impersonated a utility officer to steal $19,000 in jewelry from a resident.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, Buffalo Grove police say the suspect approached a homeowner in the 100 block of Willow Parkway as she was coming home.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports

He said he had to check the water pressure in the house.

The man came inside and pretended like he was checking the pipes. He also ran water and ice through the garbage disposal for about 10 minutes, police said.

He then told the resident that he needed to get some tools and left through the garage.

When she resident did not see a van or vehicle she got suspicious and called 911. The officer checked the house and found the jewelry cabinet had been opened — the resident said five rings — with a value of approximately $19,000 — were missing.

The man posing as the worker was described as a Hispanic male, five-foot-seven, with a thin build. He was wearing dark pants with a white stripe on them, a black jacket and also had gloves on.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Kim

    I never allow any stranger into my home unless I have called for service.
    I make sure my husband, some friends and family are in our home (as witnesses) when the service guy shows up.

  • Chicagoan

    It’s those service workers and associates (friends) of theirs that are doing these scams.
    You have someone come to your home to do some work (carpet cleaning for example) . They case the place and either they come back later or have a friend of theirs come back later.

    Just an FYI – this is what they make safes for.

    You can install one in your closet in less than a half an hour.

  • Duh

    Because it is hard to catch these idiots. The people who allow these people into their house wait before calling the police, and by the time they do, the scammers are long gone. People walk around and won’t even call the police until they think something may be missing.

  • No Beans !

    The main lesson here is, never, ever, allow any sh!t ball Mexican into your home! This person should have known better. Maybe this homeowner was drunk or high at the time. I think most of us know better!!!

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