After a complex series of storms swept through Rogers Park Aug. 10, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) released a community alert advising residents to be aware of a possible tree-trimming scam in the area.
Three men knocked on the door of a resident’s house and posed as workers for a tree trimming company, according to the CPD alert. The incident took place on the 7500 block of N. Ridge Blvd. — two miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — at approximately 2:00 p.m. Aug. 14.
Once the group gained access to the house, at least one individual distracted the homeowner while the others searched the house and removed jewelry and other valuables, according to the alert.
The men were between the ages of 34 and 38 and at least one of the suspects carried a “walkie-talkie” radio, according to the alert. During another incident Aug. 24, the victims described the offenders as three Hispanic males driving a dark-colored SUV, according to police.
CPD asks if anyone becomes a victim, don’t move anything the offenders touched and immediately call 911 to report the offenders.