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Four homes within the Village have recently been the target of ruse burglaries. The offenders most often represent themselves as public utility employees and generally target senior citizens. They may make a reference to COVID-19 in explaining the reason they need to enter your home. The offenders most often operate in teams of two but may include as many as three.
The types of ruses relied upon include but are not limited to:
Typically, once the victim has been isolated the offender interacting with the homeowner will make contact with a second offender via cell phone or two-way radio.
A discussion will take place between the offenders in an unknown language and continue until the burglary is complete. The offender interacting with the homeowner will then abruptly leave.
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