Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 8:29 am

Sheriff warns of thieves that prey on the elderly

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CHICAGO (AP) Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning senior citizens to be on the lookout for thieves who pose as repairmen and utility workers to get inside their homes to rob them.

In a news release, Dart says detectives have investigated a number of robberies recently in which elderly residents have let strangers into their homes only to discover later they'd been robbed. He says the latest happened Friday when a 75-year-old woman in unincorporated Orland Park was robbed of jewelry after she let in a man posing as a Commonwealth Edison electrician.

Dart advises residents to always insist on seeing such visitors' identification before opening their doors, and to telephone the workers' employers to verify the company sent the employees to do any work.