HUNTLEY – Police are investigating an incident where an elderly woman in Huntley was tricked by burglars who stole what she called priceless family jewelry.
A man knocked on the 90-year-old woman’s door about 4 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 11600 block of Woodcreek Drive, Huntley, Deputy Police Chief Michael Klunk said.
The man said he was working for the village of Huntley on a water problem after a water main broke, Klunk said. When the woman asked for identification, the man redirected the conversation, Klunk said.
The man then walked to the woman’s kitchen faucet and talked about water problems. He was on the phone several times during the encounter, Klunk said.
“He kept coming in closer and closer, and I am on a walker, so there’s not much I can do,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.
Shortly after the man entered the woman’s home, they heard a noise, and the man said it was his co-worker and left the home, Klunk said.
After the distraction, another man entered the house and stole jewelry and cash from the home, Klunk said.
The woman’s wedding ring was stolen, along with a diamond ring and items that once belonged to her daughter who died, she said.
“Those were the things that were important to me,” the woman said. “I have an alarm system and a health line, which I thought about pressing, but I was so nervous and upset and worried if I did it that they might have harmed me.”
This also isn’t the first time the woman has been the target of a crime, she said. In 1994, various valuables were stolen when the family wasn’t home.
Once the man left, the woman called a nearby law firm, Fleck & Meyers P.A., to see whether water work was being done there, too.
Partner Michael Fleck instantly came to the house after thinking the man sounded suspicious.
“It was a robbery preying on an elderly lady, taking advantage of her fragility,” Fleck said. “She uses a walker, and she couldn’t really defend herself.”
The burglary is under investigation by the Huntley Police Department. Klunk said the village has not seen any similar incidents.
A similar burglary occurred Nov. 29 in Algonquin, when two men stole a 40-year-old wedding ring that was returned to the police department by an anonymous person a week later.
Klunk said residents always should check identification and call the police department immediately if they feel uncomfortable.
Anyone who comes from a utility company or village entity should have a marked vehicle.
The man was described as about 30 years old, slightly shorter than 6 feet tall with a slim build and no facial hair, Klunk said.