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Hickory Hills man fends off ruse burglars

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Hickory Hills man believes he was set up for a ruse burglary Aug. 13 by a man who claimed he was doing concrete work at a neighbor’s house, police said.

  The incident occurred in the 9300 block of 83rd Avenue at 6:10 p.m. when the man knocked on his door and asked to come inside. The resident would not let the man enter but asked what he needed, according to reports.
  The man said he needed the homeowner to move things that were in his driveway. The resident said he would move the items at a later time, police said. The offender again asked to come inside to use a pen and paper. The homeowner had a pen and paper with him and offered it to the man at the door, according to reports.
  The offender wrote his phone number on the piece of paper, which led the homeowner to suspect he was being setup for a ruse burglary, police said.
  The man then asked for water for his car, which the homeowner provided. He heard banging on the front door while he retrieved the water. When he opened the door, he was greeted by a woman who asked to come inside to get a glass of water and use the bathroom, police said.
  The homeowner agreed to get her a glass of water. When he returned the man and woman left in an SUV that was parked in a neighbor’s driveway. Nothing was missing from the house, police said.