Rockford Police Warning Public of Distraction Burglaries

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Police say that on the afternoon of Saturday, October 19th a Rockford woman became the victim of a "Distraction or Ruse Burglary" in the 4300 block of Sovereign Blvd on the City's southeast side.

A white man described as being between 30-40 years of old, 5'11, 175 pounds and wearing a black shirt approached a 55-year-old woman who was outside working in the yard. She was the caretaker for the 95-year old-homeowner. The man asked the caretaker if she would like her gutters cleaned out. When the caretaker entered the home to speak with the resident the man removed a ladder from the garage and placed it on the home. The caretaker came back outside and informed the suspect they did not want the work done and he replaced the ladder in garage and then left walking westbound on Sovereign Blvd. During this time a second man had entered the home through the rear and removed cash out of the caretaker's purse. The 95-year-old homeowner witnessed the second subject and informed the caretaker, who discovered the theft of money.

If you have further information on this crime or similar crimes in the area please alert the Rockford Police Department immediately.

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