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Police Holding Ruse Burglary Suspects, Seek Victims

Orland Park police are looking for a homeowner who lost a $6,000 ring in a recent ruse burglary.

Orland Park police are holding five people suspected of committing a rash of ruse burglaries in the village in recent weeks.

“We are asking people to come forward if they’ve been approached by people posing as utility workers or home contractors,” said Sgt. Scott Malmborg.

“We recovered one piece of jewelry, a $6,000 ring, and are asking the owner to contact us,” Malmborg said explaining a village-wide automated call from police that went out Thursday evening.

“The trouble is, the victim may not even know the ring is missing,” he said.

Ruse burglars work in groups of two or more. They approach a homeowner with a variety of tactics including offers of work around a home or questions about a property issue. While one of the burglars distracts the homeowner, one or more ransack the house looking for valuables.

“Don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you,” Malmborg said. “This is what they do for a living and they are very good at their job.”

The best way to avoid falling victim to a ruse burglary is to not let strangers into your home and call the police if you suspect someone is trying to get you to let them into your home.

If anyone believes they have been victimized by ruse burglars or discovers a valuable ring missing, they are asked to contact the Orland Park police Investigations Division by calling 708-349-4111.

Jason Jones September 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
What really irks me are the Comcast (or allegedly Comcast reps) door to door sales people that ring the door bell pushing XFINITY services. The next Comcast rep that rings my bell is going to see my 45 caliber in my hand. We'll see if they come back next time.
PatriotCitizen September 09, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I believe Orland Park ordinances requires a solicitor's badge to be present for sales people going door to door. No badge should result in a call to the police. Note: You would have to verify with the police, but religious groups may be exempt.
Tom September 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
No mugshots or names of these thieves?
Bob Bong September 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Just found out today they were released because State's Attorney's Office refused to file charges.
frank September 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
It would be news to find out "why" the state's attorney refused to file charges. Wake up PEOPLE! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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