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Posted on: February 2, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Community Alert: Ruse Burglary


On Jan. 29, 2018, a suspect (white male, 5’5" tall, approximately 175 pounds) knocked on the door of a residence on Hawkins Circle and met with the homeowner. The suspect identified himself as a City of Wheaton Water Department employee. 

The suspect stated he was there to inspect the faucets due to contaminated water in the neighborhood. Once inside the home, the suspect kept the resident distracted while an accomplice entered the home and went through a jewelry box. No description of the accomplice was available.

The City of Wheaton would like to inform residents that City employees will identify themselves with an official identification card with the employee’s photo. In addition, the City's Water Division vehicles have the City seal on the door. The Water Division will typically contact residents in advance to schedule appointments for water meter service, but occasionally will approach homes regarding water issues stemming from water main breaks. 

A resident can confirm a City of Wheaton employee by contacting the specific department during business hours at the following numbers: Public Works at 630-260-2110, Water Division at 630-260-2090, or City Hall at 630-260-2000. Residents can also call the Police Department/911 to verify City employees or request a police officer to check on someone representing themselves as a city employee.

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