Home invasion suspects posed as utility workers, say Rockford police

The vehicle is described as a 2011-2019 dark gray Ford Explorer.
The vehicle is described as a 2011-2019 dark gray Ford Explorer.(Rockford Police Department)
Published: Sep. 12, 2022 at 9:50 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Police are looking for suspects following a string of home invasions in Rockford on September 3.

Investigators released photos of a dark gray 2011-19 Ford Explorer connected with both of the incidents on Saturday, Sept. 3 in the 2300 block of Rock Terrace and the 2500 block of Saxon Place in Rockford.

Police say they responded to the Rock Terrace residence around 3 p.m. after a homeowner was rushed by four men, one of whom began the invasion by claiming he worked with the Water Department, and that there was trouble with the water in the neighborhood.

Police say the men ransacked the residence, leaving with a large amount of personal property.

A few minutes later, another homeowner on Saxon Place called police about a similar incident. The owner says two males knocked on the door claiming to work for ComEd and the Water Department. The homeowner reportedly led the men to the kitchen, and while one distracted the homeowner, the other suspect stole items from the house.

Police say the suspects in both incidents appear to be the same.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900, on Facebook (@RockfordIllinoisPoliceDepartment) or on Twitter (@RockfordPD).