The Aurora Police Department is seeking the public’s help in solving two recent burglaries that involved senior citizens being victimized by unscrupulous people.
The latest incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the 900 block of Mason Avenue.
According to APD Media Relations Manager Dan Ferrelli, a 76-year-old retired U.S. marine reported that a woman knocked on his door, and when he opened it, pushed her way past him saying she needed to use the bathroom.
Due to his health issues and being caught off guard, the victim could not immediately follow the woman. By the time he was able to react, the resident found the woman gone, the back door open and his wallet with an undisclosed amount of cash missing.
He described the suspect as African-American, between 27 and 32 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, 180 to 200 pounds, with short black hair.
She was wearing all dark clothing. A dark blue SUV similar to a GMC Envoy with lower front-end damage may have been involved. The victim was not injured.
Around 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, a 71-year-old man who lives in the 300 block of Zengle Avenue, lost a significant amount of money due to a ruse burglary.
The suspect knocked on the front door of the victim’s house and told the man his roof needed repairing. The suspect succeeded in talking the man into taking him into the basement to check for leaks caused by the bad roof and then out to the back yard.
After the suspect left, the victim realized the cash was missing. Police believe a second person entered the home and stole the money while the original suspect distracted the homeowner.
The suspect was described as Hispanic, about 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, and wearing a green jacket and hat. He may have been driving a black pickup truck.
If you have any information on either incident, please call Investigations at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers.
Tips called into Crime Stoppers that lead to any arrests are eligible for cash rewards and all callers are kept anonymous.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department Facebook page