Chicago thieves pose as cops, target 90-year-old couple
Burglars pretending to be police officers are said to be robbing homes and targeting seniors in Chicago.
Burglars have targeted seniors in Chicago, in the Clearing neighborhood of southwestern Illinois, this week, according to CBS Chicago. Police told victims that what happened to them was not the first report they received of burglars posing as police officers.
Neighbors said the first clue that something was wrong was in the days leading up to the alleged crime when they saw someone driving slowly down the street taking pictures of houses. Subsequently, three men allegedly broke into the homes of their victims, posing as police officers.
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Their targets were a 90-year-old couple and their daughter.
“I thought it was the police. I thought it was safe,” Ann Robertson, 91. “He had a round circle that said, ‘Police. “”
Neighbors shared a video of a black truck without license plates hovering in their neighborhood. Minutes later a man was seen jumping and ringing Robertson’s doorbell.
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Robertson said the man told him, “I have to come in and check your pipes.”
The man was wearing a sweatshirt that said “police” and showed what looked like a real badge as he made his way inside.
“He put me on a chair and he pushed me over the sink,” Robertson said.
Robertson relived the moments when two other men entered his house pretending to be undercover officers.
“I walked into the bedroom and saw the three men in my bedroom and I said, ‘What are you doing here? Get out!’” Said Robertson.
Men’s pockets were supposed to be stuffed with Robertson’s stuff.
“My grocery money, my prescription money, my gasoline money, my utility money – I had enough money for a whole month,” she said. “I was flabbergasted. Everything was gone.”
Within minutes, the crooks fled.
“It happened so fast,” said Robertson.
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“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. It’s not fair,” said daughter Katie Sigafoose. “People should trust and trust, but you cannot trust people.”
In addition to terrorizing and robbing the elderly, the crooks also committed a Class 4 crime. Impersonating a police officer is punishable by up to three years in prison under US law. Illinois.
If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the police or submit a tip anonymously online at CPDTIP.com.