About the Scam
This offense is committed when a con man spots someone out in their yard. He/she approaches the person and then attempts to distract the person’s attention. During this time a second (or third) person then enters the home while the homeowner is distracted, and steals valuables such as jewelry or cash.
If you’re working in your yard, keep all entry/exit locations to your house locked that are not in your view. If a stranger approaches you and wants to use your phone, tell him/her no, but you will make an emergency call for him/her if they desire. Do not let anyone you don’t know into your house. Sometimes con men pose as utility workers, if you are not expecting a utility worker at your house ask to see identification and call the utility company to verify the identity.
If you think you are a victim of a con game or con man, stop the con and call the Romeoville Police Department at 815-886-7219.