On March 22, 2017 at approximately 4:00 PM a ruse burglary incident occurred on the 300 block of East May Street. The senior resident answered her doorbell and spoke to a woman posing as a City water department employee. The woman was described as a female, possibly Hispanic, in her mid-30s, with a heavy build and long brown hair. The woman wore khaki pants, a tan shirt, and was holding a notebook. The woman asked to be let inside the house to check the water in the basement. The resident escorted the woman into the basement and spent several minutes there. The woman made a cell phone call, then left in a gray sedan. The resident soon realized afterward that her bedroom had been disturbed and another suspect had entered her home while she was in the basement with the woman.
Residents should be aware that Elmhurst employees will wear Elmhurst uniforms, have identification cards, and drive fully marked City of Elmhurst vehicles. If the City requires access to your water service inside the residence, we will always call ahead and make an appointment. Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth asks residents to call 911 to have police respond if they are approached by a person claiming to be a City employee or a utility worker and asking for access to their homes.