Rolling Meadows police are seeking a parolee they believe pushed his way into the home of an elderly woman over the weekend and took a substantial amount of cash after failing to scam another woman nearby.
Authorities issued a warrant for Stanley Miller, 32, charging him for home invasion in connection with the reported break-in about 3 p.m. Sunday on the 2400 block of Central Road.
According to police, a man approached the 86-year-old woman at her home and told her the residence needed repairs, but the woman kept the screen door locked between them as they spoke. The man then forced the door open and went into the kitchen, police said.
When the woman realized the man was in her home she confronted him, and the man "battered the victim," police said in a news release. She later was able to identify the man through photos, police said.
The victim refused medical attention for her minor injuries, police added.
Authorities learned a man they believe is the same person who attempted a similar ruse at the home of a 90-year-old woman nearby. That failed when a visitor pulled up in front of the home.
"Normally these guys don't get that physical, but this guy has a reputation for this," said Police Chief Dave Scanlan. "He pushed his way in and is obviously targeting elderly women who live alone. We know who he is, we have his car, we just don't have him."
Police believe Miller, who they say is on parole for a burglary conviction, recently lived in Des Plaines but might no longer have a fixed address.
"My concern is he's on the run and will be looking for money," Scanlan said.