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Peru Police Warn Of Ruse Burglary

Last Updated on December 3rd, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei is warning residents to be on the lookout for ruse burglars. In a press release, Bernabei says a ruse burglary is one of distraction where a crime is committed against a person, often elderly. The crook lures the resident out of their home or distracts them while inside. An accomplice then enters the home and steals items. Bernabei says such a crime happened Saturday evening. A baby face man in his 20’s wearing a baseball cap told an elderly resident he worked for the water department and had to check for contamination. His accomplice stole several items of value, including money. The victim was unharmed. Bernabei says if a city employee is at your door, they will have a City of Peru ID tag with them. He says do NOT allow anyone inside your home that you do NOT know. He says you should call the police if you feel uncomfortable in any such situation. An investigation into the theft continues and anyone with information is asked to call the Peru Police Department at 815-224-6017 or the PPD tip line at 815-223-1432.