While Elmhurst homeowner distracted, intruder snuck into home, police say

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

ELMHURST – An afternoon burglary attempt was foiled when a caretaker discovered an intruder in the house, police say.

According to a news release from the Elmhurst Police Department, the attempt took place just after 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at a house in the 200 block of South Poplar Avenue. While the homeowner was in the backyard with a second suspect discussing some potential landscaping work, the caretaker discovered the first suspect inside the home.

The intruder then fled and left in a vehicle, police said.

The first suspect was described as a male in his late 30s, about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall with short black hair, according to the news release. The second suspect was described as 5-foot-7, about 200 pounds.

“Police remind residents to be extra cautious when approached by individuals requesting to do any type of home repair work or property line/fence inspections,” the release said. “Suspicious activity of this nature should be immediately reported to police.”

Anyone with information should call the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050 or email policeinfo@elmhurst.org.