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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.

PatriotCitizen September 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Great job to the Orland Park Police Department!
voklst September 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
My mom who's in her 70's allows a strange man on our roof to fix the chimney-I wake up to Pounding & I question her.."did you call him?" no he just rang the doorbell, she says. So I go out side, he appears to be a bum with a brand spanking new $70,000.00 Gold trim truck- something is off here. I go to get the lic. Plate number- red flag- No front plate. Is he from out of state? What is he doing in Orland park? I go to look at the rear plate- this truck is so new I'm expecting lic. Applied for cards. His back door to the pick up is down. He's on the roof watching me- guess he didnt know Anybody else lived here. I fake like I'm checking for mail on the street box, he's parked in our driveway. When he turns away- I crawl under the truck RED FLAG!!!! There's a rag covering the license plate. I pull it out. Mississippi plates expired sticker. What the hell is this truck doing in Orland park? Why did he ring our door bell? When all was said and done. The truck was legit said the OP police. I think he was either gifted with it for services performed or He's probably been doing this for years or in a scam ring. He took pictures of our chimney, the house, My mother, the house number. He mentioned to my mom "hey your windows are painted shut-I can fix that.." I told him they were nailed shut against thieves. ***in pieces under voklst over 1500***
voklst September 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I'm hoping after we told them about the pics in his cell phone-the police deleted Them but we dont know. After my mom thought about it she saw that truck cuz she remembered the gold trim.....before. It had been parked across the street in the last two weeks. Casing our house and other houses on the street. Bingo my house has the elderly person Who lived alone-or so he thought. We are on alert, the door does not get opened unless we are expecting someone. Or we invite work people over. He would be disappointed, no electronics in our house, old tvs, no jewelry, nothing. But lots of furniture. Maybe that would have angered a professional like this guy or his cronies? I believe he's the preliminary guy who does the footwork. Then sends pics and address to more professional follow-up team. Probably how he got his truck or part of the ruse. Scarry! They do this as living.
A little skeptical September 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Great job Volkst! I am glad for you and your mother that you were astute enough to pay attention to those details. It is also great that you put this detail out here so others in the neighborhood can learn what kind off things to look out for. The key piece of information here is to only trust a service person that you call and schedule, not someone who randomly approaches you.
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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