2 burglars posing as plumbers force their way into Northbrook woman's home

Updated 11/21/2020 7:16 PM

Two men posing as plumbers forced their way into the home of an elderly Northbrook woman Friday, Northbrook police said.

Around 7 p.m. the victim, a resident of the 2500 block of Joshua Lane, opened her door to two men who said they needed to check the home's plumbing. One of the men pushed the woman into her home to gain entry and then proceeded to take her to the basement while the other perpetrator stayed upstairs, police said.


After the two left, the woman found that multiple rooms of her home had been burglarized. She declined medical attention.

The men are described as white, weighing around 220 pounds and standing just over 6 feet, 1 inch tall, wearing hats, black jackets, black pants and masks.

Police said this is a "ruse" burglary where seniors are often targeted, and they're investigating a similar incident in Northbrook.

"If someone comes to your residence unexpectedly and you don't know who they are, do not open the door for them and call 9-1-1," police said.

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