“He said, ‘I’m from the water department, there’s been a broken water main, can I check your water?,” said South Beloit resident Michael White recounting an incident in which a man came to his home Wednesday, claiming to be working for the water department.
“They’re looking at the water and he said, ‘see how bad the water is?’ I said ‘I don’t. It doesn’t look bad to me at all’,” White added. The man claimed it was foaming and told White to run the water in his house for 10 minutes to solve the issue, then he left soon after.
Moments later, Micheal and his wife Diane noticed something was wrong. “She said come in the bedroom quick, so went in there and our drawers were opened, the closet door was opened, a couple of other things were out of place, she said ‘I think someone’s been in this bedroom’,” White said.
The suspects ran off with several pieces of the White’s jewelry. “In this case he had a portable radio and started talking in Spanish, which usually in my experience is he’s radioing his accomplice to say the coast is clear, I’ve got the people downstairs,” said South Beloit Police Chief Patrick Hoey.
“I trusted them, and that’s hard to get over that you can’t trust everybody,” Diane White said. This type of burglary happened two other times in January in Loves Park. Both times the suspects claimed to be working for the water department. Hoey believes the incidents may involve the same suspects. He warns residents to be on the look out.
“Our public works employees are in a uniform, a safety vest, they’re going to have a truck outside that says the city of South Beloit, you know yellow flashing lights on it and identification, so that’s when you know they’re the good guys,”
Hoey says the suspects got away in a early 2000’s Gray Chevrolet Trailblazer. Anyone with information should call Loves Park or South Beloit Police.