Community Alert Issued After Tree Trimming Scam in Rogers Park

Updated September 1, 2020 at 9:22 p.m. CT
Posted September 2, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. CT

After a complex series of storms swept through Rogers Park on Aug. 10, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) issued a community alert advising residents that they might be alerted to a possible log fraud in the area are.

Three men knocked on the door of a resident’s house, pretending to be workers for an arborist company, according to the CPD alarm. The incident occurred on the 7500 block of N. Ridge Blvd. – Two miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus – around 2:00 p.m. on August 14.

Once the group had access to the house, at least one person distracted the homeowner while the others searched the house and removed jewelry and other valuables according to the alarm.

The men were between 34 and 38 years old and at least one of the suspects was carrying a “walkie-talkie” radio, according to the alarm. During another incident on August 24, the victims described the perpetrators as three Hispanic men driving a dark SUV, according to police.

CPD asks if anyone is becoming a victim, doesn’t move anything the perpetrators have touched, and immediately calls 911 to report the perpetrators.

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