9th District Warns Neighborhood's Elderly of Ruse Burglaries

Published November 30, 2020

Elderly residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood are asked to raise their safety and awareness following a series of ruse burglaries in the area.

In October and November, burglars posing as repairmen were able to talk their way inside victims' homes and abscond with goods, stated a community alert from the Chicago Police Department's 9th District.

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The McKinley Park burglaries took place 4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020, in the 1800 block of West 33rd Street; and between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020, in the 3600 block of South Hoyne Avenue.

In both crimes, two men, described in the community alert as white or possibly HIspanic, talked their way into victims' homes by posing as repairmen.

In addition to the McKinley Park burglaries, the community alert detailed a related burglary on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in the 3000 block of South Bonfield Street in the nearby Bridgeport neighborhood.

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"If anyone approaches you for home repair or damage to your property, please be cautious," the alert stated.

Besides reporting suspicious activity immediately, residents can protect themselves by keeping their property's perimeter well-lit and securing and maintaining windows, doors and locks, the alert said.

In the wake of any incident, call police immediately, do not touch anything and save any video surveillance for investigating detectives, the alert said. If approached by a witness, get their contact information.

Anyone with information on the string of burglaries is asked to contact Area One detectives by calling (312) 747-8382.

The police pattern ID number for the series of burglaries is P20-1-293, and the burglary incident reference numbers are JD-406656, JD-429451 and JD-433137.

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