Elmhurst police say attempt to distract homeowner may have been part of burglary attempt

Women gained entrance to home by claiming to be city water department employee, police say

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The main entrance to the Elmhurst Police Station is seen. (Elmhurst Titan file photo)

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Police Department warned residents Thursday about an attempt to distract a homeowner while a third person apparently tried to burglarize the home.

In a news release, police said that a senior who lives in the 300 block of East May Street answered her door about 4 p.m. Wednesday and was greeted by a woman claiming to be a city water department employee. The resident took the woman to the basement to check her water, and later discovered that a bedroom had been disturbed in an apparent search for valuables, the release said.

“Residents should be aware that Elmhurst employees will wear Elmhurst uniforms, have identification cards, and drive fully marked City of Elmhurst vehicles,” the release stated. “If the City requires access to your water service inside the residence, we will always call ahead and make an appointment.”

The release says residents should call 911 if they are approached by anyone claiming to be a city or utility worker and asking for access to their homes.

Police said there was nothing to specifically tie Wednesday’s incident to a February burglary attempt where a homeowner was distracted by someone discussing possible landscaping work.